REDDING, Conn. -- Joel Barlow High School in Redding was named the 605th best high school in the country by U.S. News and World Report in its annual ranking Tuesday. It was also named the 15th best in Connecticut.
Masuk High School in Monroe was named the 34th best in Connecticut and 1,484th best nationwide.
U.S. News and World Report enlisted the help of social science research firm RTI International to compile its rankings. They measured schools using four key metrics:
- Math and reading proficiency for all students
- Testing proficiency for disadvantaged students
- Graduation rates
- College readiness via Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data.
Joel Barlow boasts a student-to-teacher ratio of 14:1 and has 56 percent of its student body participating in AP exams.
Mausk also has a 14:1 ratio and has 38 percent of its students taking AP tests.
There were 13 other high schools in Fairfield County named to the list:
- Weston High School (No. 4)
- Ridgefield High School (No. 5)
- Wilton High School (No. 7)
- Greenwich High School (No. 10)
- Darien High School (No. 11)
- Staples High School (Westport) (No. 14)
- Fairfield Ludlowe High School (No. 16)
- New Canaan High School (No. 17)
- Fairfield Warde High School (No. 18)
- Brookfield High School (No. 25)
- The Academy of Information Technology (Stamford) (No. 28)
- Westhill High School (Stamford) (No. 35)
- Brien McMahon High School (Norwalk) (No. 42)