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Philly Mag Ranks Local High Schools

A Philadelphia school takes the No. 1 spot in this year’s Philadelphia Magazine rankings.

Philadelphia Magazine is in newsstands and online with its Best High Schools issue.

This year, Philadelphia’s Masterman took the top spot. Lower Merion High School took second place and Unionville took number three.

Here’s how local Chester County high schools fared:
3. Unionville (Unionville-Chadds Ford School District)
4. Conestoga (Tredyffrin-Easttown School District)
9. Great Valley (Great Valley School District)
24. Henderson (West Chester Area School District)
29. Downingtown West (Downingtown Area School District)
31. Phoenixville Area (Phoenixville Area School District)
36. West Chester East (West Chester Area School District)
38. Bayard Rustin (West Chester Area School District)

Check out Philadelphia Magazine’s full Top 100 list.

Philadelphia Magazine said their rankings were based on a variety of factors, including graduation rate, test scores, student/faculty ratio, spending per student and more. Philadelphia magazine lists all the factors and how they were weighted in the ranking process.

PVilleRes October 03, 2012 at 08:51 PM
These aren't right... Phoenixville deserves to be way higher on this list than most of those other schools. 89% of PAHS students scored a 3 or higher on AP tests, and this year, well over HALF the student body is taking AP classes. 10% of students at Spring-Ford take AP classes... at Phoenixville... 64%, and 89% pass! PAHS offers dual enrollment through several colleges in the area, something most schools don't offer. As a student there, the teacher's are phenomenal, and so their best to give the students the most opportunities possible. PAHS offers so many opprtunities, in and out of school. This ranking is wrong, just wrong.
MPorchik October 03, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I agree with you to a degree Richard. Phoenixville did rank very well. Spring-ford does spend less per student, but the faculty to teacher ratio is 25% higher than Phoenixville, so their cost per class is relatively close, although Phx is still higher. Hopefully by the time my 1st and 5th graders get to the high school the numbers will be even better.
MPorchik October 03, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Student's taking AP tests are only 2.5% of the overall score. This ranking is weighted heavily on the SAT scores. 40% of the total rank is based on SAT's. The ranking is correct based on what the person ranking considers important, someone else could do their own ranking and give each item different weights to come up with a different list. Like most statistics the person creating them can influence the outcome by concentrating on what they deem important and downplaying other factors.
Wendy October 04, 2012 at 12:18 AM
At a cost less per student Masterman treats every child as gifted as their Teachers have mastered that old saying......CHILDREN don't care what you know, until they know that you CARE. THEIR VOLUNTEER PARENT SUPPORT IS OUTSTANDING....
Jaxxon October 04, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Let's also not forget that PASD also educates a much more socioeconomically and linguistically diverse student population than, say, Lower Merion. Studies have shown that students from white, middle- and upper-class homes come to school more prepared academically (and with dominant cultural norms) than others. This is not to say that our parents care less about education; rather, if children come from homes where parents are native English speakers, where parents are college educated, where parents pass on dominant cultural norms, where parents speak to their children with a more extensive vocabulary, those children are naturally going to come out of the gate (into school) more ready for academic study (in English) than children from homes where those elements are not part of the environment. Thus, it should be expected that average scores on scholastic aptitude tests like the SAT and college attendance rates are going to be lower in places where there is a much more socioeconomically and linguistically diverse population--and through no fault of teachers, schools, or parents. We also need to consider that bilingual programs and programs to support socioeconomically disadvantaged youth means higher costs-per-student. Considering these factors, PASD is doing a phenomenal job--possibly an even better job educating than Lower Merion.

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