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Dade high schools named among country’s top 100

Several South Florida schools have again been ranked among the best in Florida and the country by the online magazine U.S. News & World Report.

In Miami-Dade, the International Studies Charter Middle/High School, a 6-12 dual language program in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, was ranked second in Florida and 15th nationally. Magnet school Design & Architecture Senior High, or DASH, followed closely behind at fourth in the state and 20th in the country.

Altogether, Miami-Dade and Broward Schools occupied 10 of the top 20 high schools in Florida.

U.S. News & World Report produces the list of top high schools on a semi-regular basis, and this year teamed up with the American Institutes for Research to evaluate more than 21,000 high schools. Each school was evaluated by comparing students’ 2010-11 statewide reading and math test results to their peers in-state, including those of minority and low-income students. The schools that performed best in those categories were then judged on college readiness through Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exam scores.

Schools and districts that make the list often celebrate the accomplishment, while some criticize the methodology used to select schools.

Rounding out the top 100 in the country from Miami-Dade were the Young Women’s Preparatory Academy in Miami at 25 (fifth in Florida) and the MAST Academy on Virginia Key at 96th (11th in the state.)

Other South Florida schools that made the top 50 in Florida are:

• Coral Reef Senior High (Miami-Dade), 13

• New World School of the Arts (Miami-Dade), 14

Cypress Bay High (Broward), 15

• Pompano Beach High (Broward), 17

• Academy of Arts & Minds (Miami-Dade), 18

• Somerset High (Miami-Dade), 20