Eight Idaho schools named ‘most challenging’

The Washington Post has recognized eight Idaho schools as ranking among “America’s most challenging high schools.”

Washington PostThe newspaper’s staff ranked the schools by taking the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given in a school year and dividing it by the number of graduating seniors in a school.

Overall, 2,083 of roughly 22,000 public high schools were recognized in the annual list, which was formerly published by Newsweek.

Idaho high schools on the list are:

  • Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy.
  • North Star Charter, Eagle.
  • Boise High School.
  • Timberline High School, Boise.
  • Capital High School, Boise.
  • Borah High School, Boise.
  • Century High School, Pocatello.
  • Vallivue High School, Caldwell.

This year, Idaho’s two top-ranked schools switched spots.

Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy was the top ranked Idaho school – placing No. 65, up from No. 116.

North Star Charter School, the top ranked Idaho school a year ago, dropped from No. 82 to No. 135.

For the fourth consecutive year, all four traditional high schools from the Boise School District landed on the list.

The nation’s top-ranked school was American Indian Public Charter in Oakland, Calif.