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Hialeah’s José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy scores high in Washington Post study

Students who were a few minutes late for class on the first day of school search for classrooms at Jose Marti Mast 6-12 Academy at 5701 W. 24th Ave., in Hialeah on Aug. 22, 2011.
Students who were a few minutes late for class on the first day of school search for classrooms at Jose Marti Mast 6-12 Academy at 5701 W. 24th Ave., in Hialeah on Aug. 22, 2011. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Hialeah’s José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy was the highest ranking South Florida school in a study of America’s Most Challenging High Schools published on Saturday by The Washington Post.

The 746-student school, with a 95.45 percent rate of students attending a four-year college, ranked 20th in the study of 2,323 schools that divided the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

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Fort Lauderdale’s 2,636-student Pine Crest School and Miami-Dade’s 274-student Archimedean Upper Conservatory ranked 24th and 31st respectively.

Other Miami-Dade schools that made the ranking include the Young Women’s Preparatory Academy at 40, School for Advanced Studies North at 55 and the private Gulliver School at 59. The School for Advanced Studies’ Kendall Campus, Mast Academy and Coral Reef ranked at 62, 63 and 67, respectively.

Six schools in Texas, three in Arizona and one in Indiana made the top 10. The top ranking Florida high school was Jacksonville’s 1,515-student Stanton College Preparatory School, a public school that ranked 13.

A link to the study, which offers school by school statistics, including the average SAT and ACT score, is here.

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Julie Torres, left, an eighth grader, gets a big welcome back hug from Franchesca Forero, right, a seventh grader as they arrive for the first day of school at Jose Marti Mast 6-12 Academy at 5701 W. 24th Ave. in Hialeah at 7:15 a.m. on Aug. 22, 2011. TIM CHAPMAN MIAMI HERALD STAFF

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