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Monday, July 02, 2012

Newsweek Names Ten Florida High Schools to U.S. Top 100

Press Release

Wednesday, June 27, 2012
DOE Press Office
(850) 245-0413

Newsweek Names Ten Florida High Schools to U.S. Top 100

- Florida public schools recognized as America's Best High Schools -
Tallahassee, Fla., June 27, 2012 - A national report card lists ten Florida high schools among the top 100 public high schools in the U.S., and two Florida schools are in the top ten. Created by Newsweek, the America's Best High Schools 2012 report card ranks the 1,000 best public high schools in the nation - the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. Florida has 69 in the top 1,000, with only California, New York, New Jersey and Texas having more.
"This is an incredible honor and I congratulate Florida's students, teachers, principals, superintendents and school boards for this great achievement," said Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson. "Florida's public education system is one of the best in the nation, and this report card bears that out."
The report card measures high schools based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT and ACT scores (10 percent), average AP, IB, and AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student (5 percent).
Florida's ten high schools named in the top 100 Newsweek report card are below along with their 2012 ranking.
RankSchool Name (District)
8Stanton College Preparatory School (Duval)
9Suncoast Community School (Palm Beach)
12School for Advanced Studies (Miami-Dade)
15Pine View School (Sarasota)
23The Paxon School for Advanced Studies (Duval)
37Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts (Palm Beach)
52Lincoln Park Academy (St. Lucie)
58MAST Academy (Miami-Dade)
65West Shore Junior/Senior High School (Brevard)
69Coral Reef Senior High School (Miami-Dade)
To view Newsweek school rankings and the America's Best High Schools 2012 report card, visit
About the Florida Department of Education: The department's mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient education system by providing them the chance to expand their knowledge and skills through world-class learning opportunities. Serving more than 3.5 million students, 4,200 public schools, 28 colleges, 188,000 teachers, 47,000 college professors and administrators, and 318,000 full-time staff throughout the state, the department enhances the economic self-sufficiency of Floridians through programs and services geared toward college, workforce education, job-specific skills and career development. Florida ranks first in the nation for teacher quality, first in the nation in advanced placement participation, and first in the southern region for graduation rate and degrees awarded by the Florida College System. For more information, visit