Edgemont, Scarsdale Among Westchester's Most Challenging Schools

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

SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Edgemont High School in Scarsdale has been named one of the most challenging high schools in Westchester County, ranking ninth in the area and the 31st-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.

Scarsdale High School also made the cut in the study, ranked as the 17th-most challenging high school in Westchester County and 120th in New York State with an index score of 1.157

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.

Edgemont High School received an index score of 3.321 with its 99-percent four-year graduation rate, average SAT score of 1,839, an average ACT score of 26.2 and an offering of 17 Advanced Placement classes.

Edgemont also was ranked the 42nd-most challenging school in the Northeast region and 381st 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.

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Scarsdale scored low because they realized years ago that IB and AP were basically teaching to the test, or, everything that is wrong with education. Instead, they replaced those classes with their own "AT" (advanced topic) courses that challenge kids to think critically and creatively. Scarsdale never makes any of those USNews rankings because they don't have the 'data' that AP provides. Lots of kids test out of AP in Scarsdale, obtaining the information through their regular classes. I would bet Scarsdale is far more challenging.

I am not a Scarsdale resident, but I would agree Scrasdale is in a class of it's own. As for some one's comment concerning accountability, most polls and
the data collected prove little. Humanity has been lying with statistics forever. The true measurement is the character of the individuals who graduate from an institution and what they contribute to society, materially, socially and charitably.


I'm aware of that. I'm a Scarsdale resident. The problem is that it is too easy to say "We're above all that ranking stuff" but the taxpayers deserve some kind of accountability. Yes, we'd like the "data."

Edgemont is not in Scarsdale!!!! Sorry it is part of the Town of Greenburgh.

What? No Greenburgh Central?! :D

Scarsdale scored kind of low, actually.