Study: Pleasantville High Among Most Challenging Schools In New York

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A Washington Post study has ranked the most challenging schools in America, which include 17 in Westchester County.
A Washington Post study has ranked the most challenging schools in America, which include 17 in Westchester County. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- A new national study of public and private high schools named 18 schools in Westchester County among the most challenging in New York State.

According to the report, the study ranks schools through an index formula that is a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.

Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, according to the report.

City Honors in Buffalo was ranked the most challenging school in New York State with an index of 9.121. American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland, Calif., was named the most challenging school in America with an index of 21.909 in the Post's study.

The Westchester schools ranked in the study include:

1. Bronxville High School (4.933)

2. Rye High School (4.220)

3. Yonkers High School (4.212)

4. Harrison High School (4.205)

5. Irvington High School (3.882)

6. Dobbs Ferry High School (3.537)

7. Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua (3.371)

8. Croton-Harmon High School, Croton (3.349)

9. Edgemont High School, Scarsdale (3.321)

10. Rye Neck High School, Mamaroneck (3.155)

11. Pleasantville High School (3.088)

12. Hastings High School (3.034)

13. Briarcliff High School (2.841)

14. Pelham Memorial High School (2.814)

15. Mamaroneck High School (2.590)

16. Fox Lane High School, Bedford (2.315)

17. Scarsdale High Scool (1.157)

18. Palisade Prep, Yonkers (1.047)

Click here to read more about how the Washington Post conducted this study.

Click here to see more details about the school rankings.

This article has been updated as the Washington Post omitted Fox Lane High School from its original list.

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You have to click through twice to get important details from the Wash. Post on this story. I think that being on this list means schools are doing a better job with more of their students. Here's the quote:

" ...We do not include any magnet or charter high school that draws such a high concentration of top students that its average SAT or ACT score exceeds the highest average for any normal-enrollment school in the country. This year, that meant such schools had to have an average SAT score below 2005 or an average ACT score below 29.3 to be included on the list.

The Challenge Index is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests. It does not work with schools that have no, or almost no, average students. We put those schools on our Public Elites list...."