May 9, 2012 :
Conard & Hall High Schools are Top 10 Schools in Connecticut
U.S. News & World Report announced on May 8, 2012 that both Conard and Hall High Schools ranked in the top 10 public high schools in Connecticut, and earned the gold medal distinction for ranking in the top 500 of schools nationwide, according to its annual ranking of public high schools. A total of 21,776 public high schools throughout the country were reviewed.
Conard High School earned the #2 ranking in the state (and was ranked 200th nationwide) based on criteria that includes student teacher ratio, a college readiness index (determined by percentage of students taking and passing Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams), and students' proficiency on standardized tests.
A total of 71 percent of Conard students took one or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams and 56 percent received a passing grade in 2009-2010, the year used to determine the rankings.
Hall High School ranked 6th in Connecticut (322nd nationally). In 2009-2010, 58 percent of Hall students took AP exams and 50 percent received a passing grade.
Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy – a magnet school in East Hartford – earned the spot as the state's top-ranking public high school in the U.S. News & World Report survey.
The methodology used in the rankings is a multi-step process, where information from nearly 22,000 public high schools throughout the country is reviewed to determine national and statewide rankings. The top 500 schools nationwide – including both Conard and Hall – earn gold medal status.