High marks for City Honors on annual list of top high schools

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Students outside Walter Payton College Prep High School. | Sun Times file

U.S. News and World Report is out with its latest rankings, and Boston Latin School once again tops the list.

Massachusetts' schools are consistently named the country's best, but even within the state's strong spots of learning, some stand out as the crème de la crème, the shiniest of the shiny, the greatest of all.

That's according to the US News & World Report's list of best high schools nationally.

Lindblom Math and Science Academy in Englewood just missed the top 10 and landed at No. 11. The methodology was used to show how well or poorly public high schools are serving students.

More than 20,500 high schools were evaluated by U.S. News, with 5,948 of them receiving national recognition.

The Tucson Unified School District's University High School placed 27th in the country, according to the study, down from 15th past year.

Other factors that influence the rankings include the proportion of test takers to the school population and eligibility for free lunch.

Gold and silver medals are awarded to schools that are most successfully preparing students for college, based on students who pass Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests.

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