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Friday, June 21 2013, 01:10 PM EDT
Report: Martin County schools ranked among best in U.S.
Story by Jana Eschbach / CBS12 News
MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. -- It's a school district where it's not uncommon to take your children out of private schools, and enroll them into public high schools.

Martin County is getting national recognition for all three of its county high schools, making the Newsweek "top in the nation" list.

CLICK HERE to see the entire list of top high schools

They've got trophies at Jensen Beach High School for nearly everything: state volleyball champs, science, academics, but perhaps their biggest win yet is with the Newsweek national ranking.

Advanced placement students pushed Jensen Beach High School to one of the top in the nation. Not a magnet school. Not a charter school. A public high school ranked by Newsweek as number 969 in the U.S.

"To be a public school competing against the private and magnet schools, it goes to show that it's not really the title of the school that gets the ranking, it's more of the kids and the work they put into it and the teachers and the effort they put into it," said Brandon Armstrong, class of 2013.

In addition to Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School ranked 1,273 in the country, and South Fork High School came in at 1,322.

That's every high school in the county top ranked by Newsweek for grades, curriculum, test scores and the high number of students in AP courses.

"It's not just the school I'm at, it's the district. And to say I'm highly ranked at a competitive school adds just another dynamic," said Alessandra Pineiro.

The students know they can get all the blue ribbons in the world, but the big win they have is 92-percent of them go to college, with the majority getting a degree.

Martin County schools have a 97 percent graduation rate, another reason for the top ranking by Newsweek.

More over achievers in our area are ranking on the 2013 Newsweek magazine's Best High Schools in the nation list. St. Lucie County's magnet High School, Lincoln Park Academy, again honored at the top spot for our area at 639.

Jupiter High at 1523 and Palm Beach Gardens High School is ranked at 1604.

From Newsweek.com:
To determine a school's rank, Newsweek considered six main factors that included students' standardized test scores and statistics related to students' college readiness.

The list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

While last year's methodology considered the overall size of a school's curriculum, this year's methodology focused more specifically on how challenging the courses are. Newsweek took the number of students enrolled in at least one college-level course and divided that number by total enrollment.

Newsweek's ranking was released shortly after U.S. News & World Report's annual list.

Report: Martin County schools ranked among best in U.S.

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