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The U.S. News and World Report high school rankings are out. The report measures participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams, as well as proficiency on state exams. The study also takes into account whether poor students and racial minorities are succeeding at a school.

Only one Rochester City School District high school was on the list – School of the Arts. The school ranked 157th in the state and 1,222nd in the country. More than 90 percent of students are proficient in math and English. Forty-one percent of students take at least one Advanced Placement class. But SOTA didn’t do very well on college-readiness index, scoring a 27.6 out of 100. That’s the degree to which students master some college-level material.

Wilson Magnet, which has appeared in the list in the past, didn’t make the cut. While more than 80 percent of Wilson’s students passed state tests in math and English, the study gave Wilson a very low college-readiness score of 19.9 out of 100. That’s with about half of the students taking at least one AP class. The school’s website says it offers the IB program, so I’m wondering why this wasn’t mentioned in the study.

Northeast College Prep was awarded a bronze medal in the study. That means its college readiness was not high enough to be ranked, but the participation rate in AP courses and proficiency on state tests passed muster.

Odyssey Academy in Greece ranked highest in our area. It had a college-readiness index of 79.6 and a 94 percent participation rate in IB. Odyssey ranked 75th in the country and 12th in New York.

Update: Here’s the story I did today on Odyssey’s success.