The Challenge Index

Updated October 25, 2006; based on 2005 data

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Rank School City State Index Equity and Excellence Subsidized Lunches
501 Palm Desert Palm Desert Calif. 1.754 23.7 19.9
502 Valley Stream North Franklin Square N.Y. 1.753 5.0
502 Urbana Ijamsville Md. 1.753 35.2 4.0
504 Mission Bay San Diego Calif. 1.747 55.8
504 Lynbrook San Jose Calif. 1.747 58.0 16.0
506 Boise Boise Idaho 1.745 37.3 39.0
507 Hillsboro** Nashville Tenn. 1.741 22.8 32.0
508 Ocean Lakes Virginia Beach Va. 1.741 30.6 20.4
509 Broad Run Ashburn Va. 1.738 8.0
510 University Park Campus Worcester Mass. 1.733 9.7 72.0
511 Bay Bay Village Ohio 1.733 40.8 6.7
512 Oak Park & River Forest Oak Park Ill. 1.732 13.0
513 Westhampton Beach Westhampton Beach N.Y. 1.731 10.0
514 Green Hope Morrisville N.C. 1.729 7.0
514 Deerfield Beach** Deerfield Beach Fla. 1.729 11.7 47.5
516 Whitefish Bay Whitefish Bay Wisc. 1.728 48.2 n/a
517 Staples Westport Conn. 1.722 38.8 2.2
518 Lynbrook Lynbrook N.Y. 1.72 11.3 2.5
519 Lee Springfield Va. 1.72 30.0
520 Marshfield Marshfield Wisc. 1.719 28.1 13.0
521 Hereford Parkton Md. 1.718 n/a
521 Blake Silver Spring Md. 1.718 42.8 11.0
523 Newark Newark Del. 1.717 22.7 31.9
523 Minnetonka** Minnetonka Minn. 1.717 Less than 1
523 Barrington Barrington Ill. 1.717 39.4 9.6
526 Southern Harwood Md. 1.715 21.2 8.0
527 Independence* Charlotte N.C. 1.712 46.1
528 Southern Guilford Greensboro N.C. 1.711 14.1 40.0
528 Newton South Newton Centre Mass. 1.711 49.4 6.3
530 Central Kitsap Silverdale Wash. 1.71 29.9 14.1
531 Downtown Business Magnet Los Angeles Calif. 1.709 81.5
532 Wilton Wilton Conn. 1.708 42.4 Less than 1
532 Zionsville Zionsville Ind. 1.708 24.7 3.0
534 Galena Reno Nev. 1.708 14.0
535 Milton Alpharetta Ga. 1.707 n/a
536 Calabasas Calabasas Calif. 1.706 n/a
537 Flower Mound Flower Mound Texas 1.703 23.5 3.0
537 Alameda Alameda Calif. 1.703 35.4 18.0
537 New Rochelle New Rochelle N.Y. 1.703 40.0
540 Murrah Jackson Miss. 1.702 53.4
541 South Pasadena South Pasadena Calif. 1.7 12.0
541 Carver Center for Arts & Tech Baltimore County Md. 1.7 44.8 11.0
543 North Atlanta** Atlanta Ga. 1.696 6.5 52.0
543 Plant City Plant City Fla. 1.696 20.3 44.7
545 Webster Thomas Webster N.Y. 1.692 15.0 6.0
545 Paint Branch Burtonsville Md. 1.692 33.5 15.0
545 Vance Charlotte N.C. 1.692 45.5
548 Granada Hills Los Angeles Calif. 1.691 26.0
549 Kings Park Kings Park N.Y. 1.691 3.0
550 Burbank** San Antonio Texas 1.689 5.4 100.0
551 Amon Carter-Riverside Fort Worth Texas 1.688 77.1
551 Park Hill Kansas City Mo. 1.688 23.3 13.5
551 San Mateo San Mateo Calif. 1.688 35.5 18.0
554 Young Magnet Chicago Ill. 1.687 45.6 38.5
555 Lakeland Shrub Oak N.Y. 1.687 23.0 6.0
556 Clear Lake Houston Texas 1.686 6.5
556 Green Valley** Henderson Nev. 1.686 n/a
558 Hillcrest** Midvale Utah 1.685 21.0 44.3
559 New World School of the Arts Miami Fla. 1.684 52.6 19.3
559 Grafton Grafton Wisc. 1.684 45.3 4.8
561 Darien Darien Conn. 1.683 45.6 Less than 1
562 Helix Charter La Mesa Calif. 1.682 n/a
563 Blue Valley Northwest Overland Park Kan. 1.68 1.8
564 Lanier San Antonio Texas 1.679 6.6 100.0
564 Carmel Carmel Ind. 1.679 25.8 4.0
566 Rampart** Colorado Springs Colo. 1.676 3.7
567 Garinger Charlotte N.C. 1.675 70.3
568 Cardozo Queens N.Y. 1.671 12.9
568 North Gwinnett Suwanee Ga. 1.671 n/a
569 North Springs Atlanta Ga. 1.671 30.5 35.0
571 Brewster Brewster N.Y. 1.67 21.0 9.0
572 J.J. Pearce Richardson Texas 1.669 15.3
573 New Hyde Park New Hyde Park N.Y. 1.668 26.3 6.0
574 Vernon Hills Vernon Hills Ill. 1.667 37.4 3.5
575 Edison Preparatory Tulsa Okla. 1.667 18.7 36.5
576 Stonewall Jackson Manassas Va. 1.665 24.0
577 Male Traditional Louisville Ky. 1.663 13.7 17.2
577 Suffern Suffern N.Y. 1.663 25.2 8.0
578 Boca Raton Community Boca Raton Fla. 1.663 23.0
580 Bozeman Bozeman Mont. 1.659 0.0
581 Bay Panama City Fla. 1.658 30.0
582 Bartram Trail Jacksonville Fla. 1.657 24.2 2.1
583 George Washington Cedar Rapids Iowa 1.653 25.5 35.0
584 Albemarle Charlottesville Va. 1.652 29.7 15.0
584 Campolindo Moraga Calif. 1.652 51.5 Less than 1
584 South Brunswick Southport N.C. 1.652 12.1 39.0
587 Corbett Corbett Ore. 1.651 20.0
588 Comsewogue Port Jefferson Station N.Y. 1.651 9.0
589 Dripping Springs Dripping Springs Texas 1.649 32.8 7.3
590 Patrick Henry* Minneapolis Minn. 1.648 74.8
590 Valhalla El Cajon Calif. 1.648 16.6 7.3
591 Cleveland Reseda Calif. 1.648 68.1
593 Elkins Missouri City Texas 1.647 10.2
594 Marquette Chesterfield Mo. 1.646 35.9 11.4
595 Bonita Vista** Chula Vista Calif. 1.645 16.9
596 Arroyo Grande Arroyo Grande Calif. 1.642 32.9 21.0
597 Thomas Stone Waldorf Md. 1.641 12.9 10.0
597 Wade Hampton Greenville S.C. 1.641 38.0
599 Columbus Columbus Ga. 1.639 28.8 20.0
600 Blue Valley Stilwell Kan. 1.638 3.7

The formula for Challenge Index: Divide the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college level tests a school gave by the number of seniors who graduated in June. Tests taken by all students, not just seniors, are counted.

Equity and Excellence rate, the percentage of all seniors, including those not in AP, calculated by the College Board to have had at least one score of 3 or above on the 5-point test in high school. This statistic is new, the College Board was not able to provide it to all schools, and some schools count the number of seniors differently than others. An IB or combined AP and IB version of that rating was calculated for some IB schools by school district officials at the Post's request. The average AP Equity and Excellence rate for all U.S. schools is 14.1%.

Ranked high schools in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia have been bolded.
* Schools that offer IB tests
** Schools that offer AP and IB tests



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