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Scarsdale, Edgemont Are Among 'Most Challenging High Schools'

Scarsdale and Edgemont High Schools ranked among the nation's "Most Challenging."
Scarsdale and Edgemont High Schools ranked among the nation's "Most Challenging." Photo Credit: File photo

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Scarsdale and Edgemont high schools were recently named two of the most challenging in the country in the Washington Post's "Most Challenging High Schools" 2013 listing.

Edgemont was ranked No. 242 in the country out of more than 2,000 public and private schools. In the state, Edgemont ranked 18th out of the 129 New York schools that made the list.

Scarsdale was ranked No. 1,858 in the country and No. 126 in the state.

The rankings were based on the schools' index scores, which is the number of college-level tests given in 2012 divided by the number of graduates. College level tests include advanced placement, international baccalaureate and advanced international certificate of education. Public schools that had as many tests in 2012 as they had graduates, which factors to an index of 1.0, were put on the national list. The American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, Calif. had the highest index, 23.571, in the nation.

Edgemont had an index of 3.887 and Scarsdale had an index of 1.160. Edgemont offers 17 AP courses, according to the Washington Post list. Scarsdale no longer offers AP courses in favor of advanced topics courses, which aren’t considered in the formula for this list.

Click here to see all of the schools that made the list.

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