South Charlotte

Local high schools recognized

Providence and Myers Park high schools both made Newsweek magazine's annual "America's Best High Schools" list for 2011.

Providence came in at No. 186 and Myers Park at No. 439.

More than 1,100 high schools applied to be considered for the list and only 500 made it.

Both of the south Charlotte high schools have made the list for the past five years.

Nineteen other North Carolina high schools made the cut.

Newsweek's rankings used to focus predominantly on participation in Advanced Placement (college-level) courses and the International Baccalaureate program.

The magazine revamped its criteria this year.

Newsweek's goal was to develop a way to measure a school's success in graduating students who are ready for college and life.

The magazine enlisted the help of education experts Wendy Kopp of Teach For America; Tom Vander Ark of Open Education Solutions, formerly the executive director for education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Linda Darling-Hammond, a Stanford professor and the founder of the School Redesign Network.

The new scores are compiled from: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP tests taken per graduate (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered (5 percent).

Providence statistics

Student/teacher ratio: 18

Graduation rate: 91

AP/IB tests: 2.7

College-bound students (%): 97

Average SAT score: 1710

Myers Park statistics

Student/teacher ratio: 16

Graduation rate: 83

AP/IB tests: 4.8

College-bound students (%): 79

Average SAT score: 1700