West, City High ranked in top ten among best high schools in Iowa

BY QUENTIN MISIAG | MAY 08, 2013 5:00 AM

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For the second-consecutive year, two Iowa City high schools have been named among the top high schools in Iowa and the nation.

On Monday, Newsweek’s  Daily Beast unveiled its top 2,000 U.S. high schools, ranking West High at the head of the pack among 15 other leading Iowa schools.

With more than 1,900 students, West high school ranks as one of the state’s largest and is ranked 327 out of the 2,000 top high schools in the country.

According to the list, 93 percent of West students graduate in four years, with 92 percent opting to continue their education at a college or university.

The school’s students hold the titles for the highest state ACT and SAT scores at 25.8 and 1944, respectively.

West tied the No. 1 ranked high school in the nation, Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science of Bowling Green, Ky., with an average Advanced Placement test score of 4.5 out of 5.

City High came in at No. 6 in the state and 997th in the nation, behind Ames High (No. 2), Cedar Rapids Kennedy (No. 3), Cedar Rapids Washington (No. 4), and Mid-Prairie (No. 5).

Of City High’s nearly 1,400 students, 97 percent graduate within four years, and 84 percent continue onto a college or university.

The average City High student has an ACT score of 24.7 and an SAT composite score of 1896. The average Advanced Placement tested score for a City student is a 3.5 out of 5.

The state of Iowa’s ACT composite score average stood at 22.1 in 2012.

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