A St. Petersburg high school magnet program is one of the top 20 high school programs in the country, according to Newsweek magazine.
Lakewood High School's Center for Advanced Technologies (CAT) ranked No. 15 in the nation, according to the magazine's formula. It is one of five Florida high schools to make the top 20.
Newsweek ranked high schools "based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced placement college-level courses and tests," the article says.
Lakewood's CAT program aims to give students a strong base in mathematics, science and technology. "It's the staff and the students who deserve the credit," CAT coordinator Pete Oberg said of the 15-person faculty and 450-student program. "It's gratifying to know that the work you put in is being acknowledged."
The top 100 list had 20 Florida schools, including three others in the Tampa Bay area, all in Tampa: Hillsborough High (No. 43); Plant High (No. 47); and King High Magnet (No. 67).
Jay Mathews, one of the authors, cautions readers not to put too much stock in the actual numbering of the schools — a strategy he said he takes so that people will pay attention to the issue. "These are all exceptional schools," he writes.