Head of the class




According to a Newsweek survey of American high schools, two top performers are right here in Colorado Springs.

The Vanguard School at Cheyenne Mountain Charter Academy in Cheyenne Mountain School District 12 ranked 130th out of the Top 500, and Academy School District 20's Rampart came in at No. 285.

Here's how Newsweek reached its verdicts:

We enlisted a panel of experts—Wendy Kopp of Teach For America, Tom Vander Ark of Open Education Solutions (formerly executive director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), and Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford professor of education and founder of the School Redesign Network—to develop a yardstick that fully reflects a school’s success turning out college-ready (and life-ready) students. To this end, each school’s score is comprised of six components: graduation rate (25%), college matriculation rate (25%), AP tests taken per graduate (25%), average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10%), and AP courses offered (5%).

You can check up on the complete methodology, here.

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