U.S. News and World Report enlisted the help of social science research firm RTI International to compile its rankings. They measured schools using four key metrics:
- Math and reading proficiency for all students
- Testing proficiency for disadvantaged students
- Graduation rates
- College readiness via Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data.
New Canaan boasts a 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio and has 52 percent of the student body participating in AP exams.
There were 14 other high schools in Fairfield County named to the Connecticut list:
- Weston High School
- Ridgefield High School
- Wilton High School
- Greenwich High School
- Darien High School
- Staples High School (Westport)
- Joel Barlow High School (Redding)
- Fairfield Ludlowe High School
- Fairfield Warde High School
- Brookfield High School
- The Academy of Information Technology (Stamford)
- Masuk High School (Monroe)
- Westhill High School (Stamford)
- Brien McMahon High School (Norwalk)
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