U.S. News ranks best high schools in Clay County, metro area

Julie Morgan

U.S. News & World Report ranks three Clay County schools in the top 15 on the list of Best High Schools in the Jacksonville, FL metro area. There are 81 high schools in the area and 15 in Clay County.

Fleming Island is No. 1 in the county, No. 9 in the metro area and No. 90 in Florida. The Sunshine State has 1,079 high schools.

Ridgeview High ranks No. 2 in Clay, No. 13 in the metro area and 184 in the state. Oakleaf comes in at No. 3 in the county, No. 15 in the metro area, and 207 in Florida.

The Jacksonville metro area includes Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties.

When you consider these schools on a national level, the rankings are lower. The report ranks nearly 18,000 public high schools across the nation. Fleming Island is listed at 1,502; Ridgeview at 3,336; and Oakleaf at 3,834.

Middleburg and Clay High round out the top five in the county.

Duval’s Stanton College Preparatory School ranks No. 1 in the Jacksonville metro area and No. 75 nationally. A South Florida school is No. 1 in the state, Miami Dade’s School for Advanced Studies. But, it ranks No. 4 in the nation.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax, Va. gets the bragging rights of being No. 1 in the nation.

U.S. News & World Report says it ranks “nearly every public high school in the United States.” The report says, “The methodology focuses on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.”

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