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Counter AMERICA'S TOP HIGH SCHOOLS

The Challenge Index

1. Jericho (N.Y.)   2.903
2. Wheatley (Old Westbury, N.Y.)   2.862
3. Millburn (N.J.)   2.744
4. Richard Montgomery (Rockville, Md.)   2.464
5. Brighton (Rochester, N.Y.)   2.418
6. Indian Hill (Cincinnati)   2.400
7. Scarsdale (N.Y.)   2.396
8. H-B Woodlawn (Arlington, Va.)   2.342
9. Manhasset (N.Y.)   2.256
10. Greeley (Chappaqua, N.Y.)   2.207
11. North Hollywood (Calif.)   2.198
12. Gunn (Palo Alto, Calif.)   2.075
13. Saratoga (Calif.)   2.057
14. Andover (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)   2.033
15. Palos Verdes Peninsula (Los Angeles)   1.998
16. Stevenson (Lincolnshire, Ill.)   1.994
17. University (Irvine, Calif.)   1.986
18. Princeton (N.J.)   1.972
19. La Canada (Calif.)   1.970
20. Sunny Hills (Fullerton, Calif.)   1.968
21. Bronxville (N.Y.)   1.963
22. La Jolla (Calif.)   1.961
23. Great Neck North (N.Y.)   1.934
24. Irondequoit (Rochester, N.Y.)    1.920
25. Eastside (Gainesville, Fla.)   1.896
26. Pittsford Mendon (Pittsford, N.Y.)    1.876
27. Miami Palmetto (Fla.)   1.856
28. Lyndon B. Johnson (Austin, Tex.) 1.853
29. Orange (Pepper Pike, Ohio)   1.849
30. New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.)   1.841
31. Weston (Mass.)   1.827
32. Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.)   1.826
33. Edina (Minn.)   1.826
34. Chagrin Falls (Ohio)   1.821
35. Tappan Zee (Orangeburg, N.Y.)    1.801
36. Mountain Brook (Ala.)   1.786
37. Ridge (Basking Ridge, N.J.)   1.780
38. Southside (Greenville, S.C.)   1.771
39. Briarcliff (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.)   1.769
40. Mira Costa (Manhattan Beach, Calif.)    1.738
41. Langley (McLean, Va.)   1.716
42. Enloe (Raleigh, N.C.)   1.702
43. Valley Stream South (N.Y.)   1.696
44. Hillsborough (Tampa, Fla.)   1.689
45. North Hunterdon (Annandale, N.J.)    1.685
46. Highland Park (Ill.)   1.666
47. Westwood (Mass.)   1.659
48. Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies    1.658
49. Amherst Central (N.Y.)   1.655
50. Fort Myers (Fla.)   1.650
51. Duxbury (Mass.)   1.622
52. Jordan (Durham, N.C.)   1.620
53. Rye (N.Y.)   1.619
54. Coral Gables (Fla.)   1.583
55. Edgemont (N.Y.)   1.580
56. Pittsford Sutherland (Pittsford, N.Y.)    1.578
57. Shaker Heights (Ohio)   1.571
58. Roslyn (Roslyn Heights, N.Y.)    1.555
59. Great Neck South (N.Y.)   1.551
60. Grosse Pointe South (Mich.)   1.550
61. Hall (West Hartford, Conn.)   1.547
62. Fountain Valley (Calif.)   1.547
63. Oceanside (N.Y.)   1.535
64. Williamsville South (Buffalo, N.Y.)    1.518
65. Solon (Ohio)   1.515
66. Miramonte (Orinda, Calif.)   1.505
67. Wayland (Mass.)   1.500
68. Lincoln (Tallahassee)   1.478
69. Highland Park (Tex.)   1.475
70. Westwood (Austin)   1.469
71. Van Nuys (Calif.)   1.458
72. Lake Brantley (Fla.)   1.458
73. Ardsley (N.Y.)   1.452
74. Farmington (Conn.)   1.448
75. Mamaroneck (N.Y.)   1.433
76. Port Richmond (Staten Island, N.Y.)    1.432
77. Kennedy (Bellmore, N.Y.)   1.430
78. Glen Ridge (N.J.)   1.425
79. Niles North (Ill.)   1.423
80. Edison (Fresno, Calif.)   1.418
81. Hewlett (N.Y.)   1.418
82. Bethlehem Central (Delmar, N.Y.)    1.402
83. Lewiston-Porter Senior (Youngstown, N.Y.)    1.395
84. Memorial Senior (Houston)    1.394
85. Palo Alto (Calif.)   1.390
86. Plant (Tampa, Fla.)   1.376
87. Glenbrook North (Ill.)   1.371
88. Byram Hills (Armonk, N.Y.)    1.370
89. Clovis West (Calif.)   1.370
90. Lynbrook (San Jose, Calif.)   1.364
91. Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK (N.Y.)    1.358
92. Nova (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)   1.357
93. Park City (Utah)   1.356
94. Glass (Lynchburg, Va.)   1.353
95. Kings Park (N.Y.)   1.345
96. Cardozo (New York City)   1.336
97. Asheville (N.C.)   1.335
98. Long Beach Polytechnic (Calif.)    1.334
99. Plano Senior (Tex.)   1.333
100. Westlake (Westlake Village, Calif.)    1.330
101. McLean (Va.)   1.324
102. Riverside (Durham, N.C.)   1.312
103. Churchill (Potomac, Md.)   1.304
104. Herricks Senior (New Hyde Park, N.Y.)    1.304
105. Lynbrook Senior (N.Y.)   1.303
106. South Side (Rockville Centre, N.Y.)    1.300
107. Beverly Hills (Calif.)   1.296
108. Riverside University (Milwaukee)    1.293
109. Long Island City (N.Y.)   1.291
110. Oak Park (Agoura, Calif.)   1.288
111. Torrey Pines (Calif.)   1.287
112. Mainland Regional (Linwood, N.J.)    1.285
113. Cerritos (Calif.)   1.284
114. Northwest Guilford Senior (Greensboro, N.C.)    1.282
115. Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (Reseda, Calif.)   1.279
116. Corona del Mar (Newport Beach, Calif.)    1.278
117. Glenbrook South (Ill.)   1.275
118. Livingston (N.J.)   1.271
119. Barrington Community (Ill.)   1.271
120. Vorhees (Glen Gardner, N.J.)    1.271



121. West Potomac (Fairfax, Va.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.251
122. Oyster Bay (N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.250
123. Yorktown (Arlington, Va.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.249
124. Grimsley Senior (Greensboro, N.C.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.246
125. Arcadia (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.245
126. Watauga (Boone, N.C.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.244
127. Southwest Guilford (High Point, N.C.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.243
128. Auburn (Ala.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.243
129. Garden City Senior (N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.239
130. Oakton (Vienna, Va.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.238
131. Harborfields (Greenlawn, N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.235
132. Tenafly (N.J.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.230
133. Monta Vista (Cupertino, Calif.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.225
134. Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.224
135. Valhalla (El Cajon, Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.222
136. Lexington (Mass.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.221
137. Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.217
138. Lawrence (Cedarhurst, N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp; 1.213
139. Hinsdale Central (Ill.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.213
140. Aragon (San Mateo, Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.209
141. Bellaire (Houston)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.208
142. Williamsville East (East Amherst, N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.207
143. Deerfield (Highland Park, Ill.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.202
144. Clarence Central (N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.200
145. Grosse Pointe North (Mich.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.198
146. Williamsville North (N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.193
147. Riverside (Greer, S.C.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.192
148. Calabasas (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.189
149. Cleveland (Reseda, Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.189
150. Wilson Magnet School (Rochester, N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.188
151. Niceville Senior (Fla.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.187
152. New Hartford Senior (N.Y.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.186
153. Firestone Senior (Akron, Ohio) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.186
154. San Marino (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.185
155. Midwood (Brooklyn, N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.185
156. Mission San Jose (Fremont, Calif.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.182
157. South (Torrance, Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.180
158. Wootton (Rockville, Md.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.180
159. Campolindo (Moraga, Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.179
160. Smithtown (N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.177
161. Chantilly (Va.)nbsp;nbsp;1.176
162. Los Altos (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.174
163. Schreiber Senior (Port Washington, N.Y.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.171
164. Calhoun (Merrick, N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.169
165. Madison (Vienna, Va.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.168
166. Piedmont (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.166
167. Libertyville (Ill.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.164
168. Bountiful (Utah)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.163
169. Syosset (N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.163
170. Centreville Secondary (Va.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.160
171. East Islip (N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.158
172. West Springfield (Va.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.158
173. Whitman (Bethesda, Md.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.155
174. Leland (San Jose, Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.144
175. Strath Haven (Wallingford, Penn.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.142
176. Valley Stream Central (N.Y.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.141
177. Maine Township South (Ill.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.141
178. Brea Olinda (Brea, Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.138
179. Clements (Tex.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.138
180. Ridgewood (N.J.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.132
181. West Orange (N.J.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.130
182. Marshall (Fairfax, Va.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.129
183. Westlake (Austin)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.127
184. Los Gatos (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.121
185. Longmeadow (Mass.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.118
186. Von Steuben Metro Science Center (Chicago)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.116
187. Santa Monica (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.112
188. Alta (Sandy, Utah)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.112
189. Marina (Huntington Beach, Calif.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.112
190. Fremd (Palatine, Ill.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.109
191. Niskayuna (Schenectady, N.Y.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.109
192. Laguna Beach (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.107
193. Irvine (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.103
194. Northport Senior (N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.103
195. Chamblee (Ga.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.102
196. Okemos (Mich.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.100
197. Bennett (Kingsport, Tenn.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.099
198. Atlantic Community (Delray Beach, Fla.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.098
199. Massapequa (N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.097
200. Newton South (Mass.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.096
201. Pearl River (N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.094
202. Foothill (Santa Ana, Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.094
203. McQueen (Reno, Nev.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.092
204. Robinson (Fairfax, Va.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.090
205. John Jay (Cross River, N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.087
206. Commack (N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.083
207. Fox Lane (Bedford, N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.080
208. Aliso Niguel (Aliso Viejo, Calif.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.077
209. Burlingame (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.074
210. Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.068
211. Lahser (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.064
212. Watchung Hills Regional (Warren, N.J.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.063
213. Los Alamos (N.M.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.059
214. Conestoga (Berwyn, Penn.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.055
215. Olympus (Salt Lake City)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.055
216. Newman Smith (Carrolton, Tex.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.054
217. Coronado (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.052
218. Valley Stream North (Franklin Square, N.Y.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.050
219. South Pasadena (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.049
220. Washington-Lee (Arlington, Va.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.048
221. Montgomery Blair (Silver Spring, Md.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.038
222. Grapevine (Ervin, Tex.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.035
223. Esperanza (Anaheim, Calif.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.033
224. El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, Calif.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.030
225. Rio Americano (Sacramento, Calif.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.026
226. Croton-Harmon (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.022
227. Menlo-Atherton (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.019
228. Evanston Township (Ill.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.017
229. Staples (Westport, Conn.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.016
230. Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet (Los Angeles)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.016
231. Wilson (Washington, D.C.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.015
232. Round Rock (Tex.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.014
233. Arroyo Grande (Calif.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.007
234. Miami Killian (Fla.)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.006
235. Ann Arbor-Huron (Mich.) nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;1.003
236. Viewmont (Bountiful, Utah)nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; 1.002

(The index measures each school's effort to expose its students to
challenging courses by dividing the number of AP tests it gave in 1996 by
the number of graduating seniors in May or June of that year. The list
includes all U.S. schools with more than 200 graduates that achieved an
index of 1.000 or more, and as many smaller schools as could be found that
met that standard. Only public schools that selected no more than half of
their students through examinations or other academic criteria are
included. If you know a school that should be added to the list, please
contact Jay Mathews c/o Newsweek or at mathewsj@washpost.com.)


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