Fairfield’s two high schools get national commendation

U.S. News and World Report has just released its report of the “Best High Schools For 2013.”  Both of Fairfield’s high schools have received that commendation, ranking in the top 4% nationally and in the top 10% within the state.

Fairfield Ludlowe High School is ranked 11th in the state (out of 196 high schools in Connecticut) and Fairfield Warde High School is ranked 20th.  Nationally (out of 21,000 high schools), Fairfield Ludlowe is ranked 483 and Fairfield Warde is ranked at 792. Additionally, Ludlowe has been named a “Gold Medal” school (one of 11 in the state) and Warde has been named a Silver Medal School (one of 24 in the state).

The American Institutes for Research (AIR), a Washington, D.C.-based organization, worked with U.S. News in evaluating more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia, using as criteria overall student performance on state-mandated assessments (students in Connecticut are assessed via the Connecticut Academic Performance Test, which gauges their skills in math, science, reading and writing), as well as how effectively schools educate their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

To read about the full methodology for the national rankings, visit usnews.com.

“We are proud of the recognition that both of our excellent high schools received, and will continue to work to keep our standards and achievements at this high level,” Schools Superintendent Dr. David Title said.

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