The best public high schools

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Here's a list of the 1,200 best public high schools in the US. I'm not sure how useful this list is, though; I'm not moving to Texas just so my kids can attend #1 or #2. I will note that, while it's no surprise that our Lowell is listed pretty high (#57) on the list, I did not expect to find the School of the Arts (#331) on there.

Of course, the high school I went to isn't on the list although in the decades since I went there, it has purportedly become one of the most requested schools in The City. I suppose, if you're moving somewhere, something like this might be helpful if you've got teenagers in the house.

Mind you, I'm not sure I totally go for their methods of rating schools; they take the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge tests taken by students and divide that by the total number of students. All of the schools on the list have a resulting average of at least one, meaning that pretty much every student took at least one of those tests. While it could be a good sign that all the kids are interested in taking them, it could also be a case of pressure from the school.

I also wonder about the experience of going to one of these schools; I know that a lot of kids have ended up not enjoying Lowell because of the intense pressure to study and excel. While I'm a huge proponent of education, I don't think it should be at the expense of a well-rounded, self-confident, personality. I worry what all that pressure does to kids. What do you think?

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