According to the America’s Best High Schools study in the June 27, 2011 issue of Newsweek Magazine, three of the top four public high schools in Pennsylvania are located on the Main Line. Newsweek ranked the Top 500 public high schools in the U.S. and Harriton High School in Lower Merion Township ranked #1 in PA and #123 in the country. Radnor High School was ranked #3 in PA and #146 in the country. Lower Merion High School in Ardmore was ranked #4 in PA and #224 in the country. There are 689 high schools in Pennsylvania and 26,407 high schools in the U.S.
The methodology Newsweek used to compile the rankings included: four-year, on-time graduation rate, percentage of students who enrolled immediately in college, AP/IB/AICE tests per graduate, Average SAT and/or ACT score, and others. Read more about the methodology used here. Here is the full list of Top 500 schools in the country To view the 18 Pennsylvania high schools which made the list, click next to “State” above the list and select “Pennsylvania”.
Other local high schools which were listed in the Top 500 by Newsweek included: Great Valley High School in Malvern (#12 in PA and #346 in the U.S.), and Haverford High School in Havertown (#15 in PA and #466 in the U.S.).