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Newsweek, Daily Beast Names Four Mississippi Schools in “America’s Best” List

by Patrice Guilfoyle | May 17, 2013


For Immediate Release: May 17, 2013

Patrice Guilfoyle, APR, Director of Communication

JACKSON, Miss. – Four Mississippi high schools made Newsweek’s list of “America’s Best High Schools” for 2013.

Compiled by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, the list ranks the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation—those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. The following Mississippi schools have been ranked:

  • Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science – No. 352 (The school’s second year on the list)
  • Center Hill High School – No. 1617
  • Desoto Central High School – No. 1679
  • Oxford High School – No. 1732

“The Mississippi Department of Education and the Mississippi Board of Education applaud the schools that have been named to this list. This recognition validates the hard work of communities, teachers, students and administrators who are responsible for their success,” said Dr. Lynn House, interim state superintendent of education. 

The list is based on six factors: graduation rate, college acceptance rate, Advance Placement (AP)/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advance International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests taken per student, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP/IB/AICE scores, and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course.

All the data analyzed was self-reported by each school for the 2011–12 school year. More than 5,000 high schools were invited to participate in the survey this year, and nearly 2,500 responded. All public high schools in the U.S. are eligible.

Additional information on the Newsweek/Daily Beast list of “America’s Best High Schools” can be found here.


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