CDA charter ranks as most challenging

The Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy is once again Idaho’s most-challenging high school, according to a ranking generated by the Washington Post.

The results are calculated by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and dividing by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June. The Washington Post ranks the schools in order of ratio, with the highest (21.91) this year achieved by the American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, Calif., which repeats as the top-ranked school.

The Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy ranked No. 1 from Idaho, No. 17 among Western schools and 59th overall. (Click here to read our profile of the academy. Click here to see a summary of the academy’s academic scores.)

The academy is a five-star school on Idaho’s star ranking system with a “five” being the highest score.

Idaho’s No. 2 ranked school is Boise High School followed by North Star Charter in Eagle. Timberline (No. 4), Capital (No. 6) and Borah (No. 7) all placed among the top nine schools from Idaho, putting four high schools from the Boise School District on the list.

Hailey’s Wood River High School ranks No. 5. Pocatello’s Century High School (No. 8) and Caldwell’s Vallivue High School (No. 9) round out the Idaho list.

The Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy also topped the 2013 list for Idaho schools. For the fifth consecutive year, all four traditional high schools from the Boise School District landed among Idaho’s top 10.

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Just over 2,020 public high schools out of approximately 22,000 United States public high schools, made the Washington Post list. To see the complete 2014 national list or regional and statewide lists, click here.