Providence’s Classical High and East Greenwich High School named on Newsweek's top list Two of Rhode Island’s high schools were selected in Newsweek’s annual list of the top 1,000 high schools in the country. This particular list ranks the top schools that churn out “college-ready grads” and is based on six components provided by school administrators: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student (5 percent). An article on PBN sums up the rankings: Providence’s Classical High School came in the rankings as #411, with a 99 percent graduation rate, and 95 percent of those receiving their diplomas are headed off to college. Graduates of Classical had an average SAT score of 1578 and ACT score of 31. East Greenwich High School ranked #824 with a 96 percent graduation rate as 88 percent of its graduating class enrolled in college. East Greenwich’s SAT average was 1703 and an average ACT score of 25.6. Not only is this great news for the state but the city as well. After the many budget cuts and school closings within the past couple years, the recognition may only help serve as an uplifting indicator that better times are ahead for the academic community in Providence.


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