One in Three on ‘America’s Most Challenging High Schools’ List Are Charter Public Schools

Washington, D.C. – Nearly one in three of the top 100 schools (32 schools) on the Washington Post’s annual list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools are charter public schools. The list, which identifies the schools across the country that are the most effective at getting their students to take college-level courses and tests, measures the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Cambridge tests given at a school, and also factors in their number of graduates. While charter high schools make up seven percent of all high schools nationwide, they are overrepresented on the Washington Post’s list.


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