Five area schools earn top Newsweek ranking

Five schools in the Sun Thisweek and Dakota County Tribune coverage area were among the top 1,206 public high schools ranked from 2011-12 data received from nearly 2,500 schools that self-reported results for Newsweek’s 2013 America’s Best High Schools list released May 6.

Newsweek invited 5,000 schools to participate.

The rankings for the schools and their composite Newsweek scores were:

• No. 302 – Eastview High School, 3.34.

• No. 452 – Eagan High School, 3.25.

• No. 769 – Lakeville South High School, 3.11.

• No. 983 – Rosemount High School, 3.03.

• No. 1206 – Apple Valley High School, 2.92.

The ranking aimed to determine those schools that “have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates.”

Schools received a composite Newsweek score based on graduation rate; college acceptance rate; the number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advance International Certificate of Education courses; AP, IB, and AICE testing frequency and average scores; and SAT and ACT scores.

Following are the schools’ results in graduation percentage, college-bound percentage, average ACT score and average AP test score.

• Eastview – 99, 92, 24.3, 4.1.

• Eagan – 97, 94, 24.9, 3.7.

• Lakeville South – 95, 89, 24.2, 3.3.

• Rosemount – 91, 92, 23.7, 3.3.

• Apple Valley – 91, 87, 23.3, 3.0.

More on the rankings is at www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/05/06/america-s-best-high-schools.html.

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