America’s Most Challenging High Schools

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Congratulations to Deerfield Beach High School for earning placement on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” 2015 list by The Washington Post. Deerfield Beach High ranks #793 nationally and #136 in the state, due to their success on providing access to advanced coursework to all students.

In all, 29 Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) high schools earned placement on “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list of 2,300, which annually evaluates all 23,000 U.S. public high schools based on the number of graduating seniors taking advanced class tests before graduation.

The list evaluates schools on how widely they provide access to Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced International Certificate of Education classes (AICE). “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” ranks schools through an index formula that’s a ratio of the number of AP, IB and AICE tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

“Our high schools have raised the bar by providing opportunities for all of our students to enroll in advanced classes,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “If you challenge students, students will meet the challenge. We’re seeing this happen throughout our District, and this national recognition validates the work of our high schools and students.”

View national and state rankings on the 2015 “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list:

National schools rankings

Florida schools rankings