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Top state high schools include two charter schools, Boston Latin, Belmont, Hopkinton

Posted by Your Town  May 14, 2012 08:36 AM

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Two charter schools, Boston Latin School, and seven suburban Boston high schools are among the top ten high schools in Massachusetts in the latest nationwide ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

The Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis was the top ranked school in the state, followed by Boston Latin, Hopkinton High, Belmont High, and Weston High.

Rounding out the top ten in Massachusetts were Dover-Sherborn, Sharon High School, Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, The Bromfield School, and Cohasset High School.

US News says it reviewed 21,776 U.S. public high schools. Of that number, it said, 87 Massachusetts schools made the publication's rankings.

One area the survey examined was the use of testing and advanced coursework.

At Sturgis Charter Public School, educators embrace an “IB for all” motto, according to the US News website. All students take International Baccalaureate courses. Sturgis ranked No. 15 nationally.

At Boston Latin, the participation rate of Advanced Placement tests is 93 percent. The school is ranked No. 1 among the city of Boston's 31 high schools.

By contrast, the participation rate for AP tests at Hopkinton High is 82 percent, 74 percent at Belmont High, and 79 percent at Weston High.

In Massachusetts, Newton South High School, Wellesley High School, Duxbury High School, Lexington High School, and Acton-Boxborough High School ranked 11 through 15 of the state's schools in the US News rankings. See the entire Massachusetts list here.

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