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Three of the top ten highest-ranked high schools in New York state are in Queens, according to the annual U.S. News and World Report listing released Tuesday. Nine of those ten schools were in the five boroughs, with Queens and Manhattan home to most of them.

Queens High School for the Sciences at CUNY’s York College in Jamaica not only achieved the third-highest ranking in the state, it was also ranked by the report as the 25th best high school in the nation for the 2014-15 school year. Queens High School for the Sciences is one of the city DOE’s Specialized High Schools. It achieved a college readiness score in the 97.7 percentile, as all of its students tested for Advanced Placement exams and 97 percent of them passed.

Astoria’s Baccalaureate School for Global Education was ranked fifth in the state and 28th in the nation. U.S. News ranked the school in the 96.6 percentile, well above the national average for the college readiness score.

Flushing’s Townsend Harris High School was ranked eighth in the state by the report, and 61st nationally. It scored in the 87.2 percentile of the U.S. News college readiness index.

The report was produced with RTI International, a North Carolina-based global nonprofit social sciences research firm. For the full methodology used in the report, visit www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

Reach reporter Tom Momberg by e-mail at tmomberg@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Posted 12:00 am, May 14, 2015
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