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slides: The Top High Schools in Rhode Island 2013

Monday, September 02, 2013

 

What is Rhode Island's Top High School?

GoLocalProv's Fourth Annual Top High Schools in Rhode Island 2013 ranking crunches thousands of pieces of data from RI's 49 public, charter and technical schools statewide to reveal how our communities' schools provide for their students. With school quality a cornerstone of real estate values and a crucial element of civic pride, this quantitative analysis of each school provides the only comprehensive view of the secondary school educational landscape in Rhode Island.

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GoLocal employs a formula developed at Babson College to assess and weight each school's latest NECAP and SAT scores, plus per pupil funding, student-teacher ratios, and graduation rates. All data is the latest available from the Rhode Island Department of Education's databases, current as of April 2013.

To learn more about GoLocal's Top High Schools methodology, go here.

Nothing may be more discussed, debated, and even gossiped about, than schools. They dominate local culture with sports, student stars, college acceptances (or rejections), and the incredible hum of teen life. Everyone has loyalties. Most think theirs is best. And, with typical Rhode Island passion, are willing to argue it long past the clearing of an athletic field, the curtain on a senior theatrical or band concert, the end of a debate competition or Mock Trial. It's the most talked-about ranking in Rhode Island.

Note: Block Island High School, due to its very small size, cannot be assessed and compared in GoLocal's ranking; Hope Arts and Information/Tech closed after 2011-12; in 2012-13, Hope High School reopened under a new entity, but data for the new Hope High was not available for this year's ranking.

Research team: Sabrina Abballe, Monica White, Benjamin Mandeville, Kalena Crafton, Elizabeth R. Koh.

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#49 Mt. Pleasant HS

2012 Rank: 51

Enrollment: 884

Mascot: Kilties

Claim to fame: As part of the school's Civic and Social Expectation, students must contribute to a club or sports team to graduate.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 56.3%

District spending per pupil: $15,305

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#48 Dr. Jorge Alvarez HS

2012 Rank: 47

Enrollment: 563

Claim to Fame: An interactive online Student Action Plan to help students focus and achieve for each year of school.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 67.2%

District spending per pupil: $15,305

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#47 Central High School

2012 Rank: 48

Enrollment: 1101

Mascot: Knights

Claim to Fame: Central has undergone a major physical transformation in size and building renewal that it's very proud of.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 62.5%

District spending per pupil: $15,305

Student-teacher ratio: 13:1

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#46 Juanita Sanchez

William B. Cooley Senior High School and Providence Academy of International Studies at Juanita Sanchez

2012 Rank: 46

Enrollment: 717

Mascot: The Cavaliers

Claim to Fame: The combined mission of these high schools now combined is to prepare students for in health, science, and global engagements.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 72%

District spending per pupil: $15,305

Student-teacher ratio: 13:1

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#45 Shea Senior HS

2012 Ranking: 44

Enrollment: 905

Mascot: Raiders

Claim to Fame: LL Cool J and Representative Patrick Kennedy both visited in 2005.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 67.4%

District spending per pupil: $11,999

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#44 Woonsocket HS

2012 Ranking: 43

Enrollment: 1736

Mascot: Villa Novans

Claim to Fame: Part of the Urban Debate League, a community partnership between Brown University and a number of Rhode Island schools.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 63.6%

District spending per pupil: $12,362

Student-teacher ratio: 15:1

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#43 Providence CTA

Providence Career and Technical Academy

2012 Ranking: 42

Enrollment: 568

Claim to Fame: PCTA offers 10 career and technical programs, including media arts, pastry arts, and electrical and automotive.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 67.1%

District spending per pupil: $15,305

Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

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#42 E-Cubed Academy

2012 Ranking: 38

Enrollment: 360

Claim to Fame: A structure based on the Diploma Plus Model fosters positive relationships between parents, students, teachers, and administrators and creates powerful learning experiences that will motivate students to grow and succeed.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 72.5%

District spending per pupil: $15,305

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#41 Central Falls Sr. HS

2012 Ranking: 40

Enrollment: 838

Mascot: Warriors

Claim to Fame: Central Fall’s Chess Team has experienced incredible success and finished in the top 10 at a national tournament that had over 5,000 competitors, as well as receiving funding from star powerhouses such as Alec Baldwin’s Foundation.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 70.8%

District spending per pupil: $14,347

Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

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#40 William E. Tolman HS

William E. Tolman Senior High School

2012 Ranking: 39

Enrollment: 1050

Mascot: Tigers

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Peter Kilmartin (Rhode Island state representative and current attorney general), Kevin Lima (Disney animator and film director of the films A Goofy Movie, Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians, Eloise at the Plaza, Eloise at Christmastime, and Enchanted), and Abraham Nathanson (developer of the game Bananagrams).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 59.8%

District spending per pupil: $11,999

Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

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#39 ACE

Academy for Career Exploration

2012 Ranking: Not ranked.

Enrollment: 207

Claim to Fame: At ACE, students’ four years of study culminates with a year-long Senior Internship/Project experience.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 67.4%

District spending per pupil: $15,305

Student-teacher ratio: 15:1

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#38 Cranston Laborer's

NE/Cranston Laborer’s Public Schools Construction Career

2012 Ranking: Not ranked.

Enrollment: 175

Claim to Fame: In a world filled with economic turbulence, this school goes to great lengths to develop smart decision making and common sense in its students through offering classes in real world skill such as Financial Literacy.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 46%

District spending per pupil: $13,261

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#37 Times 2 Academy

2012 Ranking: 32

Enrollment: 167

Claim to Fame: Times 2 Academy constantly exposes its students to guest speakers, internship opportunities, college fairs and job shadowing opportunities to encourage their students to embrace their futures.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 90%

District spending per pupil: $15,305

Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

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#36 Blackstone Academy

Blackstone Academy Charter School

2012 Ranking: 31

Enrollment: 165

Claim to Fame: Blackstone Academy Charter School has partnered with more than 25 Rhode Island organizations as part of its programming.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 86.5%

District spending per pupil: $11,999

Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

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#35 Cranston HS East

2012 Ranking: 33

Enrollment: 1587

Mascot: Thunderbolts

Claim to Fame: Famous athletic alumni include Tom Mellow (played in the NHL, won a silver medal at the 1972 Olympics), Vinny Pazienza (former World Champion professional boxer), Mike Stenhouse (played in the MLB for the Expos and Boston Red Sox), Curt Bennett (an All-Star NHL player), Joe Vacanaugh (Captained Harvard University’s hockey and tennis teams), Ray Jamieson (Oakland Raider’s fullback), Greg Oden (New England Champion Springboard Diver).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 72.6%

District spending per pupil: $13,261

Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

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#34 The Met School

2012 Ranking: 35

Enrollment: 868

Claim to Fame: The school offers a Entrepreneur 360 Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a 60-hour program for students supported by NFTE.  Students learn about the concepts and the skills necessary to create  a business, sharpen their work ethic and help grow their confidence.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 81.1%

District spending per pupil: $15,305

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#33 Cumberland HS

2012 Ranking: 34

Enrollment: 1403

Mascot: Clippers

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include David Macaulay (author and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator), Aaron Fricke (gay rights activist), Johnny Goryl (MLB player for Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins), Jon LaRose (MLB player for Boston Red Sox), Daniel Stewart (first openly gay elected mayor in New York State history-Mayor of Plattsburgh, New York), Linda Nochlin (leading abstract expressionist artist), Peter and Bobby John Farrelly (film directors, producers, authors), Suzanne Martin (Emmy-award winning television producer), and Annette Nazareth (a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 81.1%

District spending per pupil: $11,090

Student-teacher ratio: 13:1

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#32 East Providence HS

2012 Ranking: 36

Enrollment: 1564

Mascot: Townies

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include  Jamie Silva (Indianapolis Colts free safety), Claudia Jordan (model and reality TV star), T.J. Del Santo (Meterologist at WPRI-TV), Brent Martineau (Sportscaster), David Franklin (Scientist/Entrepreneur), Kim Schifino (Musician in Matt and Kim), Jennifer Lee (co-writer of Disney’s Wreck It Ralph).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 69.3%

District spending per pupil: $13,991

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#31 Beacon Charter HS

Beacon Charter HS for the Arts

2012 Ranking: 31

Enrollment: 230

Claim to Fame: The school has recently created the honor “Beacon Charter High Artists of the Year” to students that demonstrate a passion and prowess for the arts.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 76.7%

District spending per pupil: $12,362

Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

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#30 Cranston HS West

2012 Ranking: 29

Enrollment: 1629

Mascot: Falcons

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Mark van Eeghen (former NFL Pro Bowl running back and the only person ever from Cranston West to have their number retired in any sport), Anthony Meo (baseball player), Jeff Diehl (baseball player), Tom Denucci (actor), Amber van Eeghen (former cheerleader for the New England Patriots).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 88.5%

District spending per pupil: $13,261

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#29 Davies Career & Tech

William M. Davies Career and Technical High School

2012 Ranking: 27

Enrollment: 833

Mascot: Patriots

Claim to Fame: Davies ensures that Parents are heavily involved in the curriculum through the Parent Involvement Policy, which is a program supporting the development, implementation, and regular evaluation that includes parents in all grade levels.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 75.3%

District spending per pupil: $15,238

Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

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#28 North Providence HS

2012 Ranking: 22

Enrollment: 998

Mascot: Cougars

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Ernie DiGregorio (basketball player, played for PC and holds the NBA assist record for a single game with 25).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 92.6%

District spending per pupil: $14,212

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#27 Burrillville HS

2012 Ranking: 30

Enrollment: 700

Mascot: Broncos

Claim to Fame: The school offers interesting clubs such as Dead Poet’s Society and Mountain Biking Club.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 86.8%

District spending per pupil: $11,893

Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

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#26 West Warwick Sr. HS

2012 Ranking: 28

Enrollment: 982

Mascot: Wizards

Claim to Fame: The school sports a School Improvement Team that brings staff, students, community members, and parents together once a month to have their voices heard concerning how the school can be tailored for success.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 76.2%

District spending per pupil: $15,711

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#25 Warwick Veterans HS

Warwick Veterans Memorial High School

2012 Ranking: 25

Enrollment: 992

Mascot: Hurricanes

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Bill Almon (baseball player) and Damian Constantino (baseball player, holds NCAA record holder with hits in 60 consecutive games).  

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 81.4%

District spending per pupil: $15,939

Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

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#24 Coventry High School

2012 Ranking: 23

Enrollment: 1694

Mascot: Oakers

Claim to Fame: WCVY 91.5 FM is the school’s own student-operated rock radio station that continues to expand.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 83.6%

District spending per pupil: $13,104

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#23 Walsh School

Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts

2012 Ranking: 20

Enrollment: 167

Claim to Fame: The schools shares prestigious artistic patnerships with RISD, Sandra-Feinstein Gamm Theatre, Fusionworks Dance Company, Athletics, Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club, Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School, and Aurea.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 100%

District spending per pupil: $11,999

Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

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#22 Johnston Senior HS

2012 Ranking: 26

Enrollment: 903

Mascot: Panthers

Claim to Fame: Famous alums include reality TV star and celebrity Paul (DJ Pauly D) DelVecchnio.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 82.9%

District spending per pupil: $15,860

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#21 Pilgrim High School

2012 Ranking: 24

Enrollment: 1078

Mascot: Patriots

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include James Woods (Emmy-award winning actor), Chris Terreri (College All-American, Olympian, and two time Stanley Cup winning NHL goalie), Patrick Sheehan (PGA professional golfer), Dan Wheeler (Major League Baseball pitcher).   

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 79.5%

District spending per pupil: $15,939

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#20 Rogers High School

2012 Ranking: 21

Enrollment: 587

Mascot: Vikings

Claim to Fame: Famous alums including Bebe Buell (model, singer, mother of actress Liv Tyler), The Cowsills (family singing act that was the inspiration for TV’s The Partridge Family), Tanya Donelly (co-founder and guitarist of the band Throwing Muses), Joanna Going (actress) Paul Gordon (keyboardist and guitarist for the B-52’s and the Goo Goo Dolls), Kristin Hersh (co-founder of Throwing Muses), P.H. Horgan III (PGA Tour player), Van Johnson (actor), John Mellekas (professional football player), David Narcizo (drummer for the band Throwing Muses), M. Teresa Paiva-Weed (President of the Rhode Island Senate), Jerry Sullivan (sports columnist at The Buffalo News), Noah Jewell (Olympic gymnast).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 82.4%

District spending per pupil: $18,732

Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

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#19 Toll Gate HS

2012 Ranking: 18

Enrollment: 982

Mascot: Titans

Claim to Fame: Janice Anderson (Assistant Production Manager of Cirque de Soleil), Tom Cavanagh (Forward, Worcester Sharks), Sara DeCosta (Goalie, 1998 and 2002 U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team),Tony Petrarca (Chief Meteorologist, WPRI-TV), Brian Shanley (President of Providence College), David Petrarca (Director whose work has included Big Love, True Blood, and Hung for HBO; over 40 world premieres including Marvin’s Room on Broadway and West End, Fuddy Meers in NYC, and A Year With Frog and Toad on Broadway).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 85.5%

District spending per pupil: $15,939

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#18 Tiverton High School

2012 Ranking: 16

Enrollment: 570

Mascot: Tigers

Claim to Fame: A Tiverton HS student was named Rhode Island Foreign Language Association Student of the Year in 2013.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 85.5%

District spending per pupil: $14,175

Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

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#17 Ponaganset HS

2012 Ranking: 19

Enrollment: 722

Mascot: Chieftains

Claim to Fame: The school is heated entirely by recycled wood chips in order to preserve the environment. The school also sports an Energy Lab that enables students to develop career pathways in stem agriculture. Their colors are green, and so is their mindset.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 92.6%

District spending per pupil: $15,102

Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

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#16 Smithfield Senior HS

2012 Ranking: 17

Enrollment: 772

Mascot: Sentinels

Claim to Fame: Students have the opportunity to work in The Confucius Classroom, a public educational institute established in collaboration with the Confucius Institute at Bryant University under the sponsorship of Hanban. The classroom is dedicated to developing globally competent students through an understanding Chinese culture, language, and economic trends.  

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 92.1%

District spending per pupil: $13,285

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#15 North Smithfield HS

2012 Ranking: 13

Enrollment: 550

Mascot: Northmen

Claim to Fame: The Outstanding Music program was a 2013 semi-finalist for the Grammy Signature School Award.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 91.9%

District spending per pupil: $12,060

Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

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#14 North Kingstown HS

2012 Ranking: 15

Enrollment: 1454

Mascot: Skippers

Claim to Fame: The Skippers’ Sailing Team made it to Nationals and will be sailing May 11th and 12th. Good Luck!

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 88%

District spending per pupil: $13,700

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#13 Classical HS

2012 Ranking: 10

Enrollment: 1113

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include John Orlando Pastore (Former Governor of Rhode Island, US Senator), S. J. Perelman (American Humorist) Bruce Sundlun (Former Governor of RI), Rudolph Fisher (pioneering Black radiologist and writer of the Harlem Renaissance), Irving R. Levine (Former NBC News Economics Correspondent), Frank Licht (Former Governor of RI), George Macready (American actor), A.O. Scott (Chief New York Times Movie Critic), Stanley Fish (Literary theorist and legal scholar), Michael Kang (Filmmaker), C. M. Eddy, Jr. (Renowned Author), Lauren Corrao (Comedy Central executive; helped develop That '70s Show and Mad TV for Fox),William A. Barnett (Economist), Robin Green (Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning television producer for The Sopranos and Northern Exposure, among others), S. Hastings Richardson (Author) Alexander Knight (Poet), Angel Taveras (First Latino Mayor of Providence).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.9%

District spending per pupil: $15,305

Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

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#12 Portsmouth HS

2012 Ranking: 8

Enrollment: 974

Mascot: Patriots

Claim to Fame: The high school band was invited to march in the Inaugural Parade this year in Washington, DC.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 89.2%

District spending per pupil: $12,850

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#11 Mt. Hope High School

2012 Ranking: 14

Enrollment: 1031

Mascot: Huskies

Claim to Fame: Students have the opportunity to bask in the spotlight in the Husky News Network, a student news organization where students can serve as anchors, camera men, and content writers.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 88.1%

District spending per pupil: $17,202

Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

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#10 Scituate High School

2012 Ranking: 9

Enrollment: 491

Mascot: Spartans

Claim to Fame: Scituate High School’s “Schools for Schools” club has raised thousands of dollars for Invisible Children to help Uganda defeat the children soldier crisis there.  

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 90.6%

District spending per pupil: $12,667

Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

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#9 Lincoln Senior HS

2012 Ranking: 11

Enrollment: 1067

Mascot: Lions

Claim to Fame: Holds an annual show called The Variety Show, entirely student run, which showcases the talents of the student body.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 84.8%

District spending per pupil: $15,238

Student-teacher ratio: 11:1

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#8 Middletown HS

2012 Ranking: 12

Enrollment: 737

Mascot: The Islanders

Claim to Fame: Middletown High School has enacted a specific Professional Learning Community in 2013, a program geared to make fundamental shift from focusing on teaching to an area of learning where students and teachers collaborate.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 73.8%

District spending per pupil: $14,890

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#7 Westerly High School

2012 Ranking: 7

Enrollment: 941

Mascot: The Bulldogs

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Dr. Thomas DiPaola (Education leader in RI), Henry Nardone, Sr. (Member of URI Foundation, RI Board of Regents), Dennis Algiere (Current RI Senate Minority Leader), Dr. John Toscano, (Chairman of Dept. of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University), Daryl Finizio (Lawyer, New London Mayoral candidate, Westerly City Council), Peter Lewiss (RI State rep, judge, lawyer) Diana Blanda (Actress/Singer).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 88.4%

District spending per pupil: $16,222

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#6 Chariho Regional HS

2012 Ranking: 6

Enrollment: 1136

Mascot: Chargers

Claim to Fame: An aggressive academic program provides students with the opportunity to choose from 13 Advanced Placement courses.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 89.3%

District spending per pupil: $15,783

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#5 Barrington HS

2012 Ranking: 5

Enrollment: 1037

Mascot: The Eagles

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Bill Reynolds (Providence Journal Sports Columnist), Phil Madeira (Award-winning Songwriter/Musician), Judy Clapp (Recording Engineer who has worked with Dwight Yoakham and Bill Frisell) Brian Howe (film and television actor) Marceline Hugot (a film, television and Broadway actress) Brett Quigley (PGA golfer) Shanna Moakler (Former Miss USA, Playboy Magazine model and ex-wife of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker/star of MTV’s Meet The Barkers), Spalding Gray (Monologuist/Actor) Matthew Broome (New England Amateur Golf Champion).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 96.6%

District spending per pupil: $12,379

Student-teacher ratio: 12:1

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#4 South Kingstown HS

2012 Ranking: 4

Enrollment: 1095

Mascot: The Rebels

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Jhumpa Lahiri (Author).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 83.5%

District spending per pupil: $16,082

Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

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#3 Exeter-W. Greenwich H

Exeter-West Greenwich Regional High School

2012 Ranking: 3

Enrollment: 562

Mascot: Scarlet Knights

Claim to Fame: NECAP scores place the school in the top three RI high schools in the state.

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 86.4%

District spending per pupil: $16,778

Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

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#2 East Greenwich HS

2012 Ranking: 1

Enrollment: 766

Mascot: Avengers

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include Donald Carcieri (Governor of RI), Suzanne Carcieri (First Lady of RI), Debra Messing (Actress), Mark Zito (Radio Host) and Leeann Tingley (2006 Miss Rhode Island USA).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 95.1%

District spending per pupil: $14,086

Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

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#1 Narragansett HS

2012 Ranking: 2

Enrollment: 462

Mascot: Mariners

Claim to Fame: Famous alumni include David Cicilline (US Congressman and former Mayor of Providence) and John DeCubellis (lawyer/judge, General Counsel to National Education Association RI).

2013 performance at a glance

Graduation rate: 86.6%

District spending per pupil: $17,982

Student-teacher ratio: 8:1

 
 

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Comments:

barnaby morse

Amazing that after 5 years under Gallo, CF is still at the bottom of the list.

John Ward

You have the wrong picture for the Beacon Charter HS.

Kelly Taylor

Idea for a future piece: I'd love to see some comparison of the Private and Public schools in Providence.

Kati Loreen

It a National Ranking, by a real group of analyst, Classical is #1, Barrington #2, EG #3, and Mt. Hope #4. Classical was the only Gold winner in RI.

Robert Pilkington

What strikes me is that Blackstone Academy, a public charter is ranked #36 with an 86.5% graduation rate, a 12K per pupil amount and an 11:1 student to teacher ratio. Narragansett, which is ranked #1, also has an 86.6% graduation rate, but has a whopping 18K per pupil amount and a very advantageous 8:1 teacher to student ratio. Classical, which almost always ranks 1st in RI (US News & World Report, RI Monthly and RI-CAN) came in 13th with a 96% graduation rate. It's hard to put too much stake in an instrument regarding school performance which really has a broader context of real estate valuation.

Ed Jucation

It is obvious from the data that all Providence high school teachers are mediocre, with the exception of Classical. The suburbs appear to have much more competent teachers. Let's move the Narragansett, East Greenwich, Barrington and Exeter-West Greenwich teachers to Providence and have those mediocre Providence teachers educate those suburban youth. That ought to level the playing field. Why didn't someone think of this before?

Kati Loreen

There is a plan of regionalization that would combine districts like Barrington, EP, and Providence; East Greenwich, West Warwick, and Warwick, etc. I guess you know how much support exists for that idea.

Melvin Zurier

The methodology used in this study omits what probably is the single most important factor in a democracy--diversity. What makes a school great is not just the mechanical numbers assigned in this study but also a determination of who the students are,minority and white, how motivated they are to learn, what handicaps they have to overcome, and how they can learn from one another.Only when these factors are considered, are the performance numbers really meaningful.(These are the same factors used by the Admissions Offices of all elite and less elite colleges.)
Taking these into consideration, one can immediately see why Classical
Classical High School is clearly No. 1. Not only are the performance and test results among the very highest in the state - indeed substantially higher in many categories than in the lily white school bodies rated higher. Add to this that all students must take an examination in order to be admitted.(About 1 of 3 or 4 applicants are admitted from a self selected pool.) And 99% go on to college -- an amazing statistic for any public school, and especially from a poor multiracial student body in Providence.
Is there a reason that Classical High School is consistently regarded
as No. 1 by other raters, both in Rhode Island and nationally?

tom brady

So in other words Melvin, Classical gets the best and brightest from their large pool of students, kinda like a private school, while all the other public schools have to educate ALL the children put in front of them. Maybe you and Kelly can flush out the reasons private v. public is not really a needed comparison as we all know the differences. Let me know what you come up with...Lmao!

kyle Chavous

I don't see how middletown high school is #8 on this list, if we had a " Professional Learning Community" the school wouldnt be loosing kids left and right,

K. Curtis

I think it is unfortunate that you decided to exclude Block Island School from this list...regardless of it's size.

Melvin Zurier

For Tom Brady

Your point has merit -- but if you suggest Classical is elitist, I think you're off the mark Just visit the school and see who the students are. THE VAST MAJORITY ARE FROM WORKING CLASS

Wuggly Ump

Addressing comments from tom brady and Melvin Zurier.
The question is why are they the best and brightest.

Tom has brought a point that it helps to have the pick of the best to start with.
Melvin you suggest diversity.

I suggest it's parents or at least one parent being involved. That what is making kids perform better. Children learn differently and support from parents is a must. If parents aren't making sure kids are doing their work, and watching out for their children there is not much a teacher can do.
Teacher can tell parents a child is failing or disruptive in class, but if parents don't respond or don't care or even make sure the kid is getting to school, what can we expect Government to do?

Melvin Zurier

Finishing my response to Tom Brady, I sense his opinion decries the continuation of a community having a school that demands excellence from its students -- regardless of their family backgroud or income or race or nationality. That is the purpose and the value of having a school like Classical as a public school. Its student body is MUCH more diverse than any of the other schools mentioned in the rankings as "top schools." That there are kids willing to prepare for the exams and work hard on a demanding schedule is a credit to our public school system. And that is why going to Classical should be aspired to -- not criticized. Having a Classical makes for a better school system and a better society.

Perhaps Classical should be administered as a statewide school. Indeed, at one time students came from other communities, including Woonsocket and others with their communities paying a tuition charge to Providence for the cost of educating their children.

tom brady

Melvin,

With due respect to Classical and you, I do not disagree with anything you say other than the elitist comment. I know who goes to Classical and I am extremely proud of their ranking year after year. But to compare the schools as if they are all equal is nonsense. That's all. These types of rankings prove nothing. The rankings would be the same 5, 15, 20 years in a row. These type's of rankings shift the suburban schools around the top, but some zip codes will continue to rank last.

Gary Arnold

North Providence will be greatly improved next year as new Superintendent, Malinda Smith has her first year in the drivers seat. She has made progressive steps since starting in Jan 2013 and the school district will benefit from her leadership. We have much better days ahead. But watch this district climb up the ladder, this will be evidence that leadership and success start from the top.

Kati Loreen

Does anybody think that the fact that East Greenwich, Barrington, Narragansett, etc. have only 1 high school? Where Providence has 10 or more? So, isn't it fair to take Classical, the size of these other districts 1 high school, comparatively?

Anthony Kulla

I applaud your attempt at ranking high schools, but the methodology is suspect. Spending per pupil and teacher/student ratio account for 30% of the score when neither is necessarily an indicator of strong performance. They also tend to measure the same thing (spending) since a school with more teachers per student will by necessity spend more than one with fewer.

Using SAT as a metric of actual performance is also flawed, since not all high school juniors in Rhode Island take the SAT (actually only 66% do statewide). Therefore a school that requires all of its students to take the SAT will score lower than one where only the top students take the test.

So all that is left is the NECAP (30% of the total score) which is fair since all 11th grade students take it, and graduation rate (10%). Graduation rate as a measure of school performance is dubious since simply lowering the standards required to graduate can boost the graduation percentage of a school.

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