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29 BCPS High Schools Rank as “America’s Most Challenging High Schools”

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Congratulations to Fort Lauderdale High School for earning top 50 placement on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” 2015 list by The Washington Post. Fort Lauderdale High ranks #35 nationally and #9 in the state, due to their success on providing access to advanced coursework to all students.
In all, 29 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) high schools earned placement on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list of 2,300, which annually evaluates all 23,000 U.S. public high schools based on the number of graduating seniors taking advanced class tests before graduation. See BCPS high schools national and state rankings below:
“America’s Most Challenging High Schools” National Rank State Rank
Fort Lauderdale High School 35 9
Cypress Bay High School 129 25
Nova High School 167 31
McFatter Technical High School 175 35
Pompano Beach High School 266 48
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School 344 67
Miramar High School 681 117
Deerfield Beach High School 793 136
Western High School 931 160
Boyd Anderson High School 955 163
Atlantic Technical High School 1083 181
South Plantation High School 1125 189
West Broward High School 1159 195
Plantation High School 1268 209
Stranahan High School 1287 212
J.P. Taravella High School 1312 217
Coral Glades High School 1387 221
Cooper City High School 1445 225
Flanagan High School 1565 244
Everglades High School 1635 256
Monarch High School 1680 262
Coral Springs High School 1929 291
South Broward High School 1970 298
Piper High School 1971 299
Dillard High School 2034 305
Northeast High School 2038 306
McArthur High School 2065 309
Hollywood Hills High School 2189 330
Blanche Ely High School 2308 347

The list evaluates schools on how widely they provide access to Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced International Certificate of Education classes (AICE). “America's Most Challenging High Schools” ranks schools through an index formula that's a ratio of the number of AP, IB and AICE tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.
“Our high schools have raised the bar by providing opportunities for all of our students to enroll in advanced classes,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “If you challenge students, students will meet the challenge. We’re seeing this happen throughout our District, and this national recognition validates the work of our high schools and students.”
View national and state rankings on the 2015 “America's Most Challenging High Schools” list:
National schools rankings
Florida schools rankings
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