Nine high schools ranked ‘Most Challenging’

April 21, 2015

The Washington Post released their annual rankings of America’s Most Challenging High Schools and nine Northside high schools made the 2015 list, including Communications Arts High School which was ranked in the top 100 nationally and top 30 in the state.

More than 2,300 high schools were ranked nationwide.


Communications Arts High School

Health Careers High School  

Business Careers High School 

Clark High School

John Jay High School

Brandeis High School

Warren High School

Holmes High School

Taft High School 



















Three factors are used to determine the rankings- percentage of students whose families qualify for lunch subsidies, index score, and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, also called equity and excellence.  

The index score is calculated by taking the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. 

For information on the methodology used, click here.

Last fall, Northside was named to the prestigious Advanced Placement District Honor Roll by The College Board which recognizes districts that have increased access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. 

For a full list of the 2015 rankings, click here.