Pine-Richland Makes Newsweek's Top 1,000 Public High Schools List

The Newsweek ranking notes schools that "have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads."

Pine-Richland High School is rated in the top 1,000 public high schools in the country in a Newsweek ranking released this week.

Pine-Richland ranked 627th in the nation. Of the 36 Pennsylvania public schools that made the list, Pine-Richland is 21st.

Newsweek said its top 1,000 public schools are "the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads."

Newsweek noted that PRHS has a 98 percent graduation rate, with 89 percent of its graduates heading to college.

It also noted average test scores are 1650 for the SAT, 25 for the ACT, and 3.3 out of 5 for AP tests.

Schools administrators provided Newsweek with six components for the rankings; the percentages in parentheses indicate the weight the categories carry in the review process: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student (5 percent).

Other Pittsburgh area schools that made the list are: 

  ranked 244 out of the 1,000 schools. 

Fox Chapel Area ranked 488th,

Mt. Lebanon ranked 518th,

North Allegheny ranked 624th,

ranked 627th,

ranked 648th, and

Hampton ranked 662nd.

To see the Pennsylvania schools that earned spots on the list, click here and enter "Pennsylvania".

To see the full U.S. list, click here.

What do you think about all of the high school rankings? Tell us in the comments.

crosbycat May 22, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Thank you for including the criteria that Newsweek used. Based upon the criteria, this is a meaningless statistic and I sincerely hope that PR administration and the Board does not actively attempt to get on this list. I had to look up "college matriculation", and it is simply going to college, not graduating with a degree (or better yet, with a degree and a job). "Number of AP tests taken" counts for more than the AP test score, and SAT score is also only 10% - does this make any sense?
Denise Alexander February 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM
If you look at the objective of the article(ranking high schools who produce college ready students), then yes these stats are very meaningful! As a high school guidance counselor, these stats on how these students perform on college entrance exams and college level courses are very indicative of how well they are academically prepared for college. The article was not dealing with tracking their matriculation through college and beyond.


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