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Staples is One of Newsweek's 'America's Best High Schools'

The list of the "top 1,000 high schools in the country" is based on data provided by 2,300 participating school districts.

Westport's ranks 234 in Newsweek's 2012 "America's Best High Schools" list.

The list of the "top 1,000 high schools in the country" is based on data provided by 2,300 participating school districts. (According to the National Center for Education Statistics there were more than 24,000 secondary schools in the US as of 2009.)

To arrive at the ranking Newsweek considered graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student (5 percent).

Other Fairfield County high schools that made the list include:

  • , Weston (163)
  • , Ridgefield (319)
  • , Darien (328)
  • , Greenwich (561)
  • , Fairfield (612)
  • , Redding (778)
  • , Fairfield (802)

Earlier this month U.S. News & World Report ranked the and the 302nd best in the country, according to its 2012 Best High Schools ranking. That ranking is based on data from more than 22,000 schools, US News claims, however some school districts later discovered that the data provided was incorrect.

For more, check out the Best High Schools ranking on Newsweek's thedailybeast.com.

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