North Carolina has 10 of the best high schools in America when it comes to science, technology, engineering and mathematics, known as STEM schools, according to new rankings by U.S. News & World Report. Three of the schools are in the Charlotte metro area. The report, released Wednesday, says the top STEM school in North Carolina is The Early College at Guilford in Greensboro with a graduation rate of 100 percent and a college readiness score of 100 out of 100.
Here are all the top STEM schools in North Carolina, each of which earned a spot among the organization’s top 500 overall high school rankings, also released Wednesday.
The Early College at Guilford Greensboro, NC STEM rank: 5 Raleigh Charter High School Raleigh, NC STEM rank: 39 Woods Charter Chapel Hill, NC STEM rank: 122 Chapel Hill High Chapel Hill, NC STEM rank: 175 East Chapel Hill High Chapel Hill, NC STEM rank: 187 Ardrey Kell High School Charlotte, NC STEM rank: 204 Gray Stone Day Misenheimer, NC STEM rank: 227 Lake Norman Charter Huntersville, NC STEM rank: 228 Providence High School Charlotte, NC STEM rank: 241 Carrboro High Carrboro, NC STEM rank: 250
The rankings come as the U.S. finds itself lagging behind many other advanced industrial nations when it comes to math and science. In 2015, the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, ranked the U.S. 38th out of 71 countries for math literacy and 24th for science literacy.
Among the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which sponsors the PISA initiative, America ranked 30th in math and 19th in science.
U.S. News’s STEM high school rankings looked at the the top 500 public schools from the overall rankings and then evaluated for the schools for student participation — and success — in Advanced Placement science and math tests.
AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools. Students at these schools “must participate in and pass a robust curriculum of college-level math and science courses,” U.S. News says on its website.
For mathematics, AP courses include Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A and Statistics. For science, AP courses include Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics B, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism and Physics C: Mechanics.
New Jersey, Texas and California each had at least two schools crack the top 10 overall for best STEM schools.
High Technology High School (NJ) BASIS Scottsdale (AZ) Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (VA) Bergen County Academies (NJ) The Early College at Guilford (NC) Science and Engineering Magnet School (TX) Monta Vista High (CA) Union County Magnet High School (NJ) Saratoga High (CA) DeBakey High School for Health Professions (TX)
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Patch reporters Dan Hampton and Feroze Dhanoa contributed to this report.
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