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Taylor and Thomas Jefferson Named Among Top US High Schools by the Daily Beast

daily-beast-webThe Daily Beast has ranked Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy and Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies on its 2014 Top High Schools list. Taylor was ranked at No. 49 and Thomas Jefferson was ranked No. 81 on the annual list.

The Daily Beast created the list of top high schools by using six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the U. S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily.

“The high national ranking of Patrick Taylor and Thomas Jefferson is a true testament of the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, school leaders and staff,” said Michelle Blouin-Williams, Chief Academic Officer for Jefferson Parish Public School System. “The Top High Schools listing demonstrates our district’s commitment to the importance of rigor in curriculum and assessments, and reinforces the district’s focus to provide opportunities for all JPPSS students to have a world class education.”

The Daily Beast ranking included 735 public high schools on its 2014 Top High School list out of more than 24,500 public high schools based on 2013 data.

Other criteria used by The Daily Beast included college-level courses and exams, as well as SAT and ACT scores, the number of students taking Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, percentage of students with free and reduced lunch and acceptance into a two- or four-year college.

According the rankings, both Taylor and Thomas Jefferson had 100% graduation rates and 100% college-bound students. In addition, nearly 35 percent of Taylor students enrolled in AP courses with a 73 percent exam pass rate. Thomas Jefferson had 46 percent of students enrolled in AP courses with an exam pass rate of nearly 48 percent.