Senator Boucher (R-26) congratulates the schools in her district named to the U.S. News Best High Schools 2013 rankings. Connecticut has 11 gold medal schools, 24 silver medal schools, and four bronze medal schools.
“These schools are to be congratulated on achieving a wonderful status – tops in the state,” said Sen. Boucher, whois the ranking member of both Education and Higher Education Committees of the General Assembly. “I’m so proud to say that five of the top ten schools are in the 26th district.”
The schools were ranked based on ratio of teacher to students, college readiness, state exit exam scores in math and reading. Weston, Ridgefield, and Wilton High Schools along with Joel Barlow High School in Redding and Staples High School in Westport were the schools in the top ten.
Weston High School was number three in the state:
"This district is renowned for placing top priority on educational quality. Its schools are centers of excellence, with outstanding teachers and involved parents. My work in the legislature has always been to bring all of Connecticut schools up to same level of quality. We cannot sit back on our past achievements but work hard to successfully compete with excellent schools throughout the nation and the world. Our achievement gap must be closed so that all children have the same opportunities to excel and become contributing members of our society,” said Sen. Boucher.
One of the silver medal winners, Sports & Med Science, is in the Hartford School District, which is based in the Connecticut state capital of Hartford. U.S. News reviewed 21,035 U.S. public high schools; 39 Connecticut schools made their rankings. To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.
Students in Connecticut are assessed via the Connecticut Academic Performance Test, which gauges their skills in math, science, reading, and writing. Particularly ambitious students can earn both high school and college credit through a concurrent enrollment program at the University of Connecticut.
The top ten:
#1 Darien High School, 80 High School Lane, Darien
#2 Conard High School, 110 Beechwood Road, West Hartford
#3 Weston High School, 115 School Road, Weston
#4 Ridgefield High School, 700 North Salem Road, Ridgefield
#5 Farmington High School, 10 Monteith Drive, Farmington
#6 Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road, Wilton
#7 Staples High School, 70 North Avenue, Westport
#8 William H. Hall High School, 975 North Main Street, West Hartford
#9 Joel Barlow High School, 100 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding
#10 Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy, 857 Forbes Street, East Hartford
To see complete Connecticut High School Rankings, visit usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/connecticut.