I always get pissed each year when Newsweek/Washington Post produces the bogus list of top high schools.
The most emailed article at the Wall Street Journal contains a much better list of top high schools based on a reasonable criterion: what percent of the class enrolls at top colleges. What other point of high school is there besides getting your kid into a top college, so he can then get into a top career track?
The top 10 high schools are all private high schools, with Collegiate School, an all boys school on the Upper West Side, at number one. The Brearley School, an all girls school on the Upper East Side, is number two. The Chapin School, also an all girls school on the Upper East Side, is number three. The top coed school in New York City, and number seven on the list, is Trinity School on the Upper West Side. The two most famous boarding schools, Philips Academy, Andover, and Philips Exeter Academy, only come in 8th and 10th.
I am happy to find that the crappy public high school I attended made the top high schools list, and strangely even beat out private day schools such as Dalton, Horace Mann, and Sidwell Friends School which Chelsea Clinton attended. (Sidwell Friends is the only high school in DC that made the list, so I guess the Clintons didn’t have much else to choose from.)