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15 Utah high schools ranked in Daily Beast's top 2,000

By Benjamin Wood, Deseret News

Published: Tue, May 7 1:15 p.m. MDT

 A total of 15 Utah high schools were included in the Daily Beast's rankings of the top 2,000 U.S. schools. The state was led by Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, which ranked as number 205.

A total of 15 Utah high schools were included in the Daily Beast's rankings of the top 2,000 U.S. schools. The state was led by Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, which ranked as number 205.

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.)

EAST MILLCREEK — Skyline High School has claimed the top Utah spot in the latest high school rankings by The Daily Beast, but overall the state failed to crack the top 200 schools.

A total of 15 Utah schools were included in the rankings, which highlight the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation based on graduation rates and students' college- and career-readiness. Granite School District 's Skyline High School led the state pack, coming in at No. 205 nationally.

Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said Skyline has a longstanding reputation for college preparation. He said the school emphasizes participation in advanced placement classes and continues to host a strong international baccalaureate program.

"I think there's a high academic standard there and it's something we're very proud of in Granite School District," he said.

According to the rankings, Skyline High School has an average ACT score of 23.9, an average SAT score of 1820 and 95 percent of its students are college bound. It was followed in the Utah rankings by Park City High School, which was ranked 397 nationally.

Of the 15 Utah schools to make the top 2,000, five are charter schools: InTech Collegiate High School ranked 793rd; Utah Academy of the Sciences ranked 1,014th; the Academy for Math, Engineering and Science, or AMES, ranked 1,081st; Itineris Early College High School ranked 1,517th; and Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy ranked 1,966th.

Davis High ranked 972nd; Lone Peak High 1,231st; Bountiful High 1,375th; Pleasant Grove High 1,680th; Hillcrest High 1,704th; Viewmont High 1,887th; Woods Cross High 1,893rd; and West High 1,905th.

The Daily Beast's report comes two weeks after the annual ranking of public high schools by U.S. News. In those rankings, Utah was led by InTech Collegiate High School, AMES and Logan High School, though no Utah school succeeded at earning a "Gold Medal" or top-500 distinction.

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1. JohnInSLC
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
May 7, 2013

The Granite District has every right to be proud that Skyline HS is ranked so high. But as only 1 of its 9 schools made the list (I don't think they can claim AMES, despite its location), Granite may want to rethink how it allocates resources.

On the other hand, hearty congratulations to the Davis District--4 of its 8 high schools in the top 2,000 nationwide.

2. Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT,
May 7, 2013

So what do all of these schools have in common? I know no one wants to say it, but these school are located in suburban, white, middle class neighborhoods, with functioning parents and strong families.

3. Spiff
Salt Lake City, UT,
May 7, 2013

Yeah, the annual I'm (we're) better than you list.

4. Oatmeal
Woods Cross, UT,
May 7, 2013

The U.S. News rankings are silly. Davis High, a large public school performed amazingly well in every category, with 48% of their seniors passing AP exams, except class size?

5. utah1966
broomfield, CO,
May 7, 2013

Congratulations to the 15 Utah high schools! Did any other states have more than 15 high schools in the top? Sounds like "sour grapes" from two other commenters.