The “no evidence of success overseas” mantra is dead in the water.

The mantra that Charter schools are unsuccessful overseas has been blown comprehensively out of the water. The results of the 2017 U.S Best High School National rankings which were released last month reveal that the majority of the top spots were taken by Charter schools.


U.S. News and World Report released its 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools National Rankings in late April. For the first time, charter schools comprised a majority of the top schools, taking six of the top 10 spots, including the top three. Pacific Collegiate Charter in Santa Cruz topped the list of California schools and ranked 10th nationally. It was one of eight California charter schools to crack the top 100 national rankings.

In addition, magnet schools, public schools with specialized instruction, such as a focus on math and science or the arts, comprised three of the four remaining spots in the top 10. In other words, nine of the top 10 schools were schools of choice.

Taken together, charters and magnet schools took up 60 percent of the top 100 schools, despite representing just 16 percent of the roughly 6,000 schools

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