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Best High Schools in New York: 2024 Top 10 List

U.S. News & World is out with its annual ranking of the best high schools in America.

The yearly identifies the best public high schools in every state. Districts are ranked based on their graduation rates, number of enrolled students, and college readiness.

The latter category is determined by the number of Advance Placement (AP) courses a school offers, the percentage of students who take and pass AP-level exams, and how well the school prepares each student, regardless of economic background, for higher education.

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In order for a school to score well, they must “have a high rate of students who scored above expectations in math, science and reading state assessments, passed an array of college-level exams, and graduated in four years,” per the report.

The outlet also considers magnet, charter, and STEM schools for its annual roundup, but those institutions are ranked separately from traditional public schools “to ensure a fair comparison.”

New York’s Best High Schools: 2024 Top 10 List

The top school in the state also secured a spot on the list of the 25 best high schools in America.

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Of course, this list can be deemed slightly problematic since the top 10 schools in New York all hail from the New York City Public School District.

Arguments can be made that NYC-area schools tend to have larger budgets, which means more accessible resources available to students. Teachers employed by the NYC School District tend to have higher salaries than the majority of the state, which can translate to increased staffing and better student-teacher ratios.

New York City hardly speaks for the rest of the state since it is almost a completely separate world when it comes to its culture, economy, and politics.

The private school scene in New York alone sets it apart from the remainder of the state because tuition is set at ultra-premium prices. In fact, NYC schools charge some of the highest tuition rates in the entire country.

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New York’s Most Expensive Private High Schools

Obtaining a private education is an investment and, depending on the state you live in, it could cost a lot more. Here in New York, the price of a 4-year private high school is more than a starter home.

Check out how much people are willing to pay to spend their child to a prestigious, specialty school in 2024.

NYC aside, if you’re curious to see how Central New York schools performed in the latest U.S. News & World Report, check out the story below.

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A few CNY schools performed highly in the latest roundup, with a handful landing within the state’s top 100.

What do you think of this latest roundup? Do you think it should have considered NYC separately from the rest of the state? Sound off on our station app.

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The Top 10 Dumbest Cities in New York State

According to Road Snacks, New York isn’t just one of the dumbest states in the nation – they claim to have found the top 10 dumbest cities in the Empire State.

As for what determines a “dumb” city, Road Snacks compared 163 cities with 5,000 or more residents, to find those with the largest population of those who never finished high school. The survey used Census data and “scientific stuff” from other “legitimate” sources to find the 10 areas with the highest concentration of high school dropouts.

Road Snacks argues that not finishing high school puts one at a significant disadvantage in life. The study adds that the areas with the highest percentage of adults without a high school degree should shine a light on the state as a whole.

In the end, these 10 cities were deemed to be the dumbest in New York State.

That said, the company is not calling these cities “dumb” – so if you have an issue, take it up with Road Snacks. We’re just reporting their findings.

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The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in New York for 2024

The National Insurance Crime Bureau recently the states with the worst vehicle theft problems and said New York placed seventh highest overall. Vehicle thefts hit a record high in 2023 and the pace isn’t slowing down in 2024.

According to the NICB, these are the vehicles thieves in New York are going after the most.

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