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JPPSS High Schools Named to Newsweek’s America’s Best High Schools List

daily beastHaynes Academy for Advanced Studies received the highest ranking among schools in Louisiana on the 2013 “America’s Best High Schools” list produced by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

“I want to congratulate the staff and students at Haynes on this tremendous national recognition,” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “Not only was Haynes ranked the best high school in Louisiana, but the school is now among the top 100 in the country, up from its rank of #208 in 2012.”

Haynes, ranked #77, was joined on Newsweek’s list by two other Advanced Study Academies from the Jefferson Parish Public School System: Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, which ranked #193, and Thomas Jefferson High School, which ranked #596.

The annual rankings by Newsweek highlight public high schools nationwide that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. In all, more than 2,500 schools were assessed.

In order to be considered for the list, schools had to complete a survey requesting specific data. The national ranking is based on graduation rates, graduates accepted into college, the degree to which each school is challenging its students with college-level examinations, and the number of students who were exposed to advanced curricula.

Haynes, Patrick Taylor, and Thomas Jefferson were also recognized last month on the U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 Best High Schools list.