Interesting...people move for the schools and yet....
Competition is indispensable to progress. John Stuart Mills.
Having #1 be in Philly ain't shabby.
Interesting that no private schools were integrated into the list. Philly would do very well in that category. Also, Philly has been focusing on fixing grammar schools, with the logic that high schools will improve as better clay works it's way up. That's only happening now. Soon enough another Philly high school will be on the list. Then another. Then another. If you attract better students, you'll have better test scores. Philly did the opposite for decades. Now we've figured out a smarter way. Not surprisingly the quality of our students is improving with the new, quality-oriented approach. Only it's been focused on certain grammar schools (but an ever-expanding cohort of grammar schools). Until now.
Last edited by billy ross; 12-26-2012 at 02:18 PM.
No wonder everyone moves out of the city.
Studies have consistently correlated SAT scores with socio-economic status. I'd like to know how poorer kids (if they exist) do in the top suburban schools.
Masterman, Central, Mast are not a public schools. Only the best kids get to go there.. So that means NO Philly public schools made the list.. The burbs public schools ARE public schools and your kids get to go there whether they is over the top brilliant or not. *BIG* difference
If kids took the SAT in 4th grade, the SDP wouldn't be nearly as underrepresented.
Penn Alexander, Greenfield, and Dobson are officially feeder schools of WPHS, SPHS, and Roxborough, but practically not, since almost all of their eighth-graders go to other high schools. There are a number of scrappy city-dwelling families these days who have become active at their neighborhood primary schools, but they still avoid the neighborhood high schools like the plague.
The brain drain from neighborhood high schools in Philadelphia is so thorough and devastating that the kids in a graduation class of 400 who are at grade level (or above) in mathematics can often fit into two classrooms. That's why this list should surprise positively no one.