Broward County Public High Schools Make Top 100 “America’s Most Challenging High Schools”

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Fort Lauderdale High School

By: Sharon Aron Baron

One Broward County public high school made the top 100 “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” 2016 list by The Washington Post.

Fort Lauderdale High School ranks 57 in the nation and 13 in the state, due to their success on providing access to advanced coursework to all students. Fort Lauderdale High School is both a magnet and a mainstream school.  Their magnet program offers a rigorous course of study in either pre-law or a Cambridge program that students from all over Broward County can apply to attend.

Tamarac resident Tara Piatek wanted her son Seth to go to JP Taravella High School, which was close to home, however, Seth had learned about Fort Lauderdale High School while he was an eight-grader at Millennium Middle School and wanted to go there instead.

“I actually fought him on it,” said Piatek. “My friend literally smacked me and told me to listen to him. She couldn’t believe how closed-minded I was which isn’t normal with me and education. We went to an open house, and I fell in love with the school.”

Piatek said she had a good feeling about the school and realized it was a perfect fit for her son.

“Principal Ribeiro encourage the students to get involved in the school clubs as well.”

Her son will be graduating this week with a 3.75 unweighted GPA and the college courses he has already passed will be applied to his studies at the University of Florida.

Coral Springs Charter School also is in the top 1oo. Coral Springs Charter School is managed by Charter Schools USA and the City of Coral Springs holds the Charter.

In all, 26 Broward County Public Schools high schools earned placement on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list of nearly 2,300, which annually evaluates all 23,000 U.S. public high schools based on the number of graduating seniors taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests before graduation.

“Our high schools have raised the bar by providing opportunities for all of our students to enroll in advanced classes,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “If you challenge students, students will meet the challenge. We’re seeing this happen throughout our District, and this national recognition validates the work of our high schools and students.”

The list evaluates schools on how widely they provide access to Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced International Certificate of Education classes (AICE). “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” ranks schools through an index formula that’s a ratio of the number of AP, IB and AICE tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

See BCPS high schools national and state rankings below:

“America’s Most Challenging High Schools”

   National Rank

    State Rank

Fort Lauderdale High School

57 13
Coral Springs Charter School

Cypress Bay High School 

59

131

14

30

Nova High School

248

53

McFatter Technical High School

280

60

Pompano Beach High School

354

75

Miramar High School

549

114

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

592

119

Atlantic Technical High School

603

124

South Broward High School

694

132

Deerfield Beach High School

837

151

Stranahan High School

856

154

Western High School

879

160

West Broward High School

984

180

Cooper City High School

1021

184

J.P. Taravella High School

1183

208

Boyd Anderson High School

1289

223

South Plantation High School

1295

225

Monarch High School

1457

247

Coral Springs High School

1654

277

Flanagan High School

1744

288

Coral Glades High School

1937

314

Northeast High School

1970

320

Piper High School

1985

324

Plantation High School

2092

340

Hallandale High School

2164

348

Hollywood Hills High School

2184

351

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs, Parkland and the rest of South Florida.

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