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Oct 26, 2012 1:56 PM by Victor Villa

11 Tucson high schools make list of nation's best

TUCSON - Eleven high schools in Tucson have made the U.S. News and World Report's 2012 list of Best High Schools in America, with TUSD's University High ranking best in the state and fourth best in the nation.

The Best High Schools in America list is names the best high schools out of all 22,000 public and charter in the U.S. and their ranks. These rankings are based off of a three-step process.

The process' steps are to first, determine if schools' students are performing above the average student. Following that, the school's least-advantaged students must perform better than the average student in the state to meet the magazine's criteria. The final step is that the collage readiness of a school is determined and given a score. This is done by dividing the total number of students who take the Advance Placement and International Baccalaureate tests before or during senior year, and the total number of seniors and how they scored.

The local school that made the cut this year are: University High, which ranked first in the state & fourth in the nation, BASIS Tucson, ranked second in the state & sixth in the nation, Sonoran Science Academy, fourth in the state & 144th in the U.S., Catalina Foothills, seventh in state & 378th in national, according to a news release from the Pima County Superintendents Collaborative. These schools were given gold medals.

Silver medal winners were Sabino, 13 in state & 1084 in national, Canyon del Oro, 14 in state & 1159 nationally ranked, Ironwood Ridge, 15 in state & 1179 in national, Tanque Verde, 18 in state & 1253 in national, Luz-Guerro Early College, 20 in state & 1316 in national, Cienega, 26 in state &1675 in national, and Flowing Wells with a twenty-eighth rank in state and a one-thousand seven-hundred fifty-first in national ranking.

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