The latest U.S. News & World Report is out with their National list of the best High Schools in the country, and five local CT schools made the grade getting high honors. Harding Fine Arts Academy and Southeast High School received the Silver Badge Award, Oklahoma City Public Schools announced. Ridgefield High School, Wilton High School, and Weston High School were awarded Gold standard, while Newtown High School, and Joel Barlow in Redding were awarded a Silver medal.
"We are proud to have five OKCPS schools among the nation's top high schools".
BASIS schools' presence at the top of the list a year ago sparked outraged from critics who said public high schools face challenges that charter schools don't.
BASIS Scottsdale topped the list, meaning its students had the best performance on state assessments and were the most prepared for college, according to U.S. News.
Pine Belt schools earning bronze included Heidelberg, Forrest County Agriculture High School, Bassfield High School, Bay Springs High School, Columbia High School, East Marion High School, North Forrest High School, Stringer Attendance Center and West Jones High School.