WF named one of the “Best High Schools” in the U.S.

Lyric Gordon, Photography Editor

Wake Forest High was selected by Newsweek Magazine as one of the Best High Schools in America.

After analyzing over 21,000 high schools, the magazine chose 2,000 to make the list. It gives students a reason to be proud, knowing that their school is one of the best.

The purpose of the best schools in America is to find the schools that are best preparing their students for college.

Wake Forest was ranked 1,944 on the list. Some other schools from Raleigh and Wake Forest are Broughton (1011), Enloe (1450), Wakefield (1802), Leesville (1822), Millbrook (1924) and Sanderson (1993).

Sanderson was the only school to rank lower than Wake Forest, leaving it at the lowest ranking mark for schools in Wake County. Broughton, however, was ranked the highest of Wake County Schools.

There are multiple attributes in order to be picked as one of the best schools. The full methodology of how the schools were chosen included four-year on-time graduation rates, which was calculated by dividing the number of graduates in 2012 by the number of ninth graders in 2008 plus and minus transfers.

The percentage of 2011 graduates that were accepted into college also played a role in the ranking.

The number of AP tests per student was also counted to show how well the different schools are challenging their students with college level examinations.

English Department Chair Geoff Belcher has worked on a committee to increase AP participation.

“We’re committed to enrolling as many students as possible into AP programs,” Belcher said. “In English, we’ve doubled in three years.”