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Litchfield High School Ranks in Newsweek’s 2014 Top Schools List

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

By Kate Hartman
Connecticut Magazine

Litchfield High School is one of only 13 Connecticut high schools that made Newsweek’s “America’s Top High Schools” list for 2014.

The list ranks the schools that do the best job of preparing students for college.

Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge ranked 112 out of 500, the highest Connecticut school on the list. It had a 92.67 college readiness score, college bound students in the 79.2 percentile, graduation rate in the 60.76 percentile and poverty at only 4.41 percent.

At 164, Litchfield High School had a college readiness score of 89.27, college bound students in the 89.34 percentile, graduation rate in the 95.95 percentile and a poverty level of 11.42 percent.

This year, Newsweek teamed up with research partner Westat and used a more stringent methodology to rank the schools. New measures of quality and a higher standard for data were employed in a three-step process that included a threshold analysis, a ranking analysis and an equity analysis.

Researchers created an achievement index based on performance indicators to highlight schools that perform in or at the 80th percentile within each state. Then, a College Readiness Score was created based on six indicators—enrollment rate, graduation rate, weighted AP/IB composite, holding power and counselor-to-student ratio.

The third component, in which top high schools were identified based on whether their economically disadvantaged students performed better than the state average, did not impact the ranking.

For each school that made the list, their college readiness score, the percentile for their college bound and graduation rate (both relative measures instead of absolute measures) and their poverty percentage were provided.

The other Connecticut schools on the list included:

Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy in East Hartford ranked 140 with a 90.84 college readiness score, college bound students in the 97.12 percentile, graduation rate in the 94.7 percentile and a 19.68 percent poverty level.

Greenwich High School came in 168 on the list with a college readiness score of 89.01, college bound students in the 72.14 percentile, graduation rate in the 40.42 percentile and a poverty level of 13.06 percent.

Rounding out the top five, Daniel Hand High School in Madison ranked 179 with a college readiness score of 88.29, college bound students in the 81.03 percentile, graduation rate in the 86.2 percentile and a poverty level of 3.34 percent.

Other schools that made the list included South Windsor High School at 226, Fairfield Warde High School at 227, East Lyme High School at 228, Wolcott High School at 337, Lyme-Old Lyme High School at 352, Haddam-Killingsworth High School at 366, Pomperaug Regional High School in Southbury at 386 and Cheshire High School at 401.

Congratulations to the administrators and staff at Litchfield High School for providing students with an outstanding school experience.

- From Herbert Pandiscio and the Board of Education

Litchfield High School is again listed among top high schools in CT, awarded a Silver Medal by US News and World Report, and ranked #27 in CT and #835 nationally! Congratulations to our students, faculty, Board of Education, parents and community for the dedicated hard work that led to this recognition.

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