The 1999 Challenge Index Rankings
How demanding are Washington area high schools? Here each public high school is ranked by a number that reflects how much a school encourages students to take Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses and their tests. The rating is not a measurement of the quality of a school overall or the achievements of its students and faculty it is strictly focused on AP and IB courses. The rating is determined by dividing the number of AP and IB tests taken by students at a school in 1998 by the number of students in the school's 1998 graduating class.
Compared with high schools across the country, Washington area schools overall are among the most encouraging of AP and IB testing. For instance, any school with a rating of 1.000 or above is in at least the top 3 percent of all U.S. high schools in encouraging students to take AP and IB courses.
Also listed are the name of the school district and the percentage of a school's students whose family incomes are low enough to qualify for federally subsidized lunches and who also apply for that program. The number of subsidized-lunch applicants is provided as a rough indicator of the socioeconomic factors that may affect a school's performance or expectations. The number of such applicants usually understates the portion of poor children in a given school.
Guide to chart: One asterisk means more IB than AP tests. Two asterisks means college courses taught at the high school substitute for AP and IB. The number in parentheses is the school's 1997 rank. Fifteen schools are new to the index this year. Clicking on a school takes you to its washingtonpost.com School Report Card.
(Spingarn and Woodson high schools in the District, like slightly less than half of all U.S. secondary schools, gave no AP or IB tests in 1998.)
Selected Private Schools
*International Baccalaureate school
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