Controversial Newsweek rating system puts 134 Florida high schools in the nation's top 1,500
Each year, Newsweek ranks the nation's high schools based on the levels of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests that students take. The argument goes that schools providing rigorous curriculum better challenge teens than those that don't.
Never mind that some of the schools on the list have separate IB or other specialty programs that serve a high-level clientele, while the rest of the school doesn't always offer that same rigor.
Still, a list is a list, and Florida finds 134 schools on it this year, including 14 in Hillsborough, seven in Pinellas and one in Pasco.
Stanton College Prep in Jacksonville tops Florida's schools, coming in at the No. 4 position. The Center for Advanced Technology in St. Petersburg is Pinellas's top-rated school, at No. 24, while Hillsborough High grabs the top ranking among Hillsborough schools, though its No. 46 spot is a far cry from the No. 10 it nabbed in 2005.
New to the list locally are Tampa Bay Tech (No. 566), Leto High (No. 1,171) and Clearwater High (No. 1,391).