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Comparing Florida High School Rankings

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U.S.News & World Report rankings have a lot of overlap with the Florida Department of Education rankings.

U.S.News & World Report just released its most recent list of high school rankings.

Seven Florida high school’s ranked among the nation’s top 50.

But we thought it might be interesting to see how U.S. News’ ranking compared to the rankings the Florida Department of Education released last year.

A handful of schools showed a difference in the two rankings, but for the most part the rankings aligned. Florida’s top-ranked high school, Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College, does not show up in the U.S. News rankings at all.

Florida also separates schools that combine middle and high school programs, while U.S. News does not.

The two rankings have some overlapping methodology: Both rely on Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test scores and on the number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other accelerated coursework designed to prep students for college.

U.S. News adds a three-step process that looks at test scores, scores among minority and low-income students and finally what percentage of students took accelerated courses and how well they did in those classes.

U.S. News’ model puts more emphasis on performance in accelerated courses than Florida’s rankings.

Here’s the top 20 Florida schools in U.S. News’ rankings, and how they finished in the Florida Department of Education rankings.

A note: The Florida DoE rankings are for high schools only. Schools listed as “NR” were included ranked in the Florida DoE’s combination middle/high school list or another list.

School Name
U.S. News Rank
Florida Rank
Design and Architechture Senior HighMiami-Dade16
Young Women's Preparatory AcademyMiami-Dade2NR
Suncoast Community High SchoolPalm Beach33
Stanton College PrepDuval45
Pine View SchoolSarasota5NR
Edgewood Junior-Senior High SchoolBrevard6NR
International Studies Charter High SchoolMiami-Dade721
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School for the ArtsPalm Beach84
West Shore Junior/Senior High SchoolBrevard9NR
Paxson School for Advanced StudiesDuval1012
MAST AcademyMiami-Dade112
Lincoln Park AcademySt. Lucie12NR
Fort Myers High SchoolLee1325
Douglas Anderson School of the ArtsDuval1429
Coral Reef Senior High SchoolMiami-Dade159
Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment AcademyMiami-Dade16NR
New World School of the ArtsMiami-Dade179
Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior HighBrevard18NR
Cypress Bay High SchoolBroward1914
Pompano Beach High SchoolBroward2013


  • Collegiate NFSC mom

    I can’t possibly see how Collegiate High School at Northwest
    Florida State College would not be on the U.S.News & World Report,
    since EVERY student at the school is taking advanced placement classes. Yep, that’s
    right, 100 % of the Collegiate High School at Northwest Florida State College
    are taking advanced courses. I would be
    willing to bet if you compare test scores, you’d find they score very highly. Number
    one in the state for reading this year I believe. If you compared student age
    to test scores they would score even higher since I know at least 5% of the 11th
    graders skipped at least one grade. That’s right they don’t sandbag like other
    schools to make themselves look better. Besides their great academics, the arts
    program is amazing. The percent of the student population with an awesome talent
    is staggering. It’s especially impressive when you take into account the very
    small student population when compared to most high schools. I don’t know the
    exact number of students but the school secretary probably knows every students
    first and last name.

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