PWCS High Schools Make Top Nine Percent of Nation’s “Most Challenging”
Posted on 05/08/2017
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Patriot High School and Osbourn Park High School rank 538th and 596th out of 22,000 high schools, placing them among the nation’s top three percent of schools considered the “Most Challenging” according to the Washington Post’s annual ranking of high schools. All eligible PWCS high schools are in the top nine percent of the 22,000 high schools nationwide, based on 2015-16 data. (Colgan High School opened this school year.)

“America’s Most Challenging High Schools” ranks how well schools challenge all students based on participation in college-level courses and tests such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, and Advanced International Certificate of Education.

Only 12 percent of the nation’s 22,000 schools make the newspaper’s list of the “most challenging,” compiling a “challenge index” of 1.00 or better.  

The index score is calculated on the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year. An index score of at least 1.00 is required to make the list, with the highest scoring school getting a 26.250. A summary of PWCS schools follows:

School Name              National Ranking      Index Score 

Patriot                         538                              3.434 

Osbourn Park              596                              3.293 

Brentsville                  722                              2.990 

Battlefield                   760                              2.909 

Forest Park                 791                              2.850 

Hylton                         808                              2.816 

Potomac                      918                              2.595 

Woodbridge                1028                            2.433 

Gar-Field                    1609                            1.733 

Freedom                      1802                            1.542 

Stonewall                    1909                            1.427