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Who Moved Up + Down: Rhode Island’s Top High Schools 2013

Thursday, May 09, 2013


Narragansett High School slips past 3-time winner East Greenwich HS to take the #1 spot for 2013.

The top spot in GoLocalProv's Top High Schools 4th annual ranking finally changed hands in 2013, as Narragansett High School took the #1 spot from three-time champion East Greenwich High School. While both schools maintained exceptionally high and consistent scores (their district spending, student-teacher ratios, and graduation rates did not change), a dip in East Greenwich's SAT scores were just enough to allow Narragansett to take the top spot overall.

There was remarkable stability following these two schools, with Exeter-West Greenwich (#3), South Kingstown (#4), Barrington High School (#5) Chariho Regional (#6) and Westerly (#7) all holding on to their spots from 2012.

To see profiles of all of Rhode Island's public, technical, and charter schools, go here. 

Moving into the Top 10

Lincoln High School ticked up into the Top 10 for 2013, moving up 2 spots and making its mark at #9. Middletown High School made one of the year's bigger jumps, with a 4-spot upward move into the Top 10 for 2013, at #8, and was the highest-performing high school on Aquidneck Island. Middletown swapped places, in fact, with another Aquidneck high school--Portsmouth High--which fell from its spot at #8 in 2012 to #12 in 2013. The island's 3rd high school, Rogers HS in Newport, moved up one spot to nudge into the state's Top 20 at #20.

To read reactions to the new rankings, go here. 

Classical slips from the Top 10

The pride of the city of Providence and always one to watch, Classical High saw a slip out of the Top 10 in 2013, down 3 spots to #13 with a dip in SAT scores. The historic public school posted the 3rd-highest graduation rate in the state at 95.9%, behind Barrington High School's 96.6% and Jacqueline M. Walsh School's perfect 100%.

2013's big upward movers

In addition to Middletown's big move into the Top 10, two high schools made the biggest moves in 2013--East Providence High School moved up 4 spots from #36 to #32, and Johnston High School made an identical 4-spot move up from #26 to #22.

2013's biggest drops

Several schools took substantial drops in 2013--the largest drops were Times 2 Academy and Blackstone Academy, which each dropped 5 spots. North Providence High School took the biggest hit in the latest ranking, dropping 6 spots form #22 to #28.  

GoLocal utilized the data at the Rhode Island Department of Education's InfoWorks website. For more on GoLocal's methodology, go here. 


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