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Best high schools in Florida? U.S. News & World Report offers its rankings



Fewer than a dozen Tampa Bay area public high schools showed up in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 rankings of the best Florida high schools, with Plant High in Tampa leading the pack at No. 17.

Following Plant, which ranked No. 263 nationally, were Tampa Bay Tech High at No. 38 in Florida, Robinson High at No. 44, Sickles High at No. 48, Plant City High at No. 104 and Jefferson High at No. 133. All are Hillsborough County schools.

Pasco County had its share of schools that scored well enough in the publication's formula to achieve a state ranking. Land O' Lakes High came in at No. 50, Mitchell High at No. 66, Gulf High at No. 88 and Hudson High at No. 129 in the state.

Pinellas County had only one high school ranked in the state: Palm Harbor University High School at No. 43 in Florida and No. 639 in the US.

According to the report's website, schools with a state ranking get a national gold or silver medal. Gold medals are awarded to the top 500 schools in the country based on college readiness, and silver medals go to high-performing schools with lower college readiness. College readiness is defined by the report as a school's achievement in Advance Placement exams and International Baccalaureate tests. The report also looks at students' proficiency in math and reading.

Miami-Dade County public high schools dominated the list with eight schools ranked in the top 20 in the state. International Studies Charter High School in Miami was crowned No. 1 in Florida and No. 13 nationwide.

How did your high school rank? Check it out here.

[Last modified: Thursday, November 19, 2015 1:17pm]


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