Darien named top high school in Connecticut by U.S. News & World Report
Darien High School was named the number one high school in Connecticut in a report issued by U.S. News & World Report on April 30. The school also ranked 150th in the national ranking and number 49 in STEM high schools. It scored 99.13 out of a possible 100 points.
Following Darien were Weston High School at number two, Achievement First Hartford Academy at number three, Ridgefield High School at number four, Connecticut IB Academy in East Hartford at number five, New Canaan High School at number six, Staples High School at number seven, Simsbury High School at number eight, Wilton High School at number nine, and rounding out the top 10 is the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor.
The report says Darien High School is ranked first within Connecticut. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Darien High School is 74%. The total minority enrollment is 11%, and 2% of students are economically disadvantaged.
U.S. News & World Report says its rankings methodology for 2019 were revamped and nearly every public high school was ranked.
The highest ranked high schools are those "whose attendees demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math and reading state assessments, passed a diverse array of college-level exams and graduated in high proportions." It reported that the data it uses does not come directly from the high school but from four other sources, The Common Core of Data (a U.S. Department of Education website), statewide math and reading level assessments and high school graduation rates from state education agencies, and AP exam data was from The College Board.