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Staples High School Ranks Among ‘Most Challenging’ In The Nation

Westport's Staples High Schools was ranked by The Washington Post as one of the most challenging high schools in the nation.
Westport's Staples High Schools was ranked by The Washington Post as one of the most challenging high schools in the nation. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport’s Staples High School is considered one of the most challenging high schools in the country, according to The Washington Post’s “Most Challenging High Schools” of 2013 listing.

Out of more than 2,000 public and private high schools nationwide, Staples was listed at No. 766. In the Northeast region, Staples ranked No. 103 out of 264 schools.

Of the 18 Connecticut high schools that made the list, Staples was ranked as the ninth most challenging. It is preceded by Greenwich High School at No. 6, Weston High School at No. 7 and Ridgefield High at No. 8. Wilton High School followed at No. 10. Fairfield Warde also made the list at No. 12 and New Canaan placed at No. 14.

The rankings are based on each school’s index score. These scores are determined by the number of college-level tests given at a school each year and divided by the number of seniors who graduated that same year, the Post explains .

Nationwide, American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, Calif., was rated as the No. 1 most challenging school. In the state, Connecticut IB Academy in East Hartford ranked at No. 1.

To see the full list of schools that made the cut, click here .

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