Bronxville High Named Most Challenging School In Westchester In New Study

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Bronxville High School is the most challenging high school in Westchester County, according to an annual Washington Post study.
Bronxville High School is the most challenging high school in Westchester County, according to an annual Washington Post study. Photo Credit: File

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Bronxville High School has been named the most challenging high school in Westchester County and the seventh-most challenging high school in New York State, according to a new national study of public and private high schools conducted by the Washington Post.

According to the report, the study ranks schools through an index formula that is a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.

Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, according to the report.

Bronxville received an index score of 4.933 with its 100-percent four-year graduation rate, an average SAT score of 1,865 and an offering of 20 AP courses.

Bronxville also was ranked the 11th-most challenging school in the Northeast region and ranked 131st nationally.

City Honors in Buffalo was ranked the most challenging school in New York State with an index of 9.121. American Indian Public Charter School in Oakland, Calif., was named the most challenging school in America with an index of 21.909 in the Post's study.

The top 10 most-challenging high schools in Westchester County, according to the study are:

1. Bronxville High School (4.933)

2. Rye High School (4.220)

3. Yonkers High School (4.212)

4. Harrison High School (4.205)

5. Irvington High School (3.882)

6. Dobbs Ferry High School (3.537)

7. Horace Greeley High School, Chappaqua (3.371)

8. Croton-Harmon High School, Croton (3.349)

9. Edgemont High School, Scarsdale (3.321)

10. Rye Neck High School, Mamaroneck (3.155)

Click here to read more about how the Washington Post conducted this study.

Click here to see more details about the school rankings.

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You have to click through twice on the Wash. Post site to get important information. I believe this list indicates schools that are being more effective with more of their students ... Here's the quote:

" ... We do not include any magnet or charter high school that draws such a high concentration of top students that its average SAT or ACT score exceeds the highest average for any normal-enrollment school in the country. This year, that meant such schools had to have an average SAT score below 2005 or an average ACT score below 29.3 to be included on the list.

The Challenge Index is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests. It does not work with schools that have no, or almost no, average students. We put those schools on our Public Elites list. ..."