U.S. News and World Report: Ridgefield High School ranks fifth in state, 332nd in country

Ridgefield High School ranks fifth in the state and 332nd in the country, according to the U.S. News & World Report.

The school’s ranking has fallen by one position in the state — it was ranked fourth in the state and 298th in the nation last year.

RHS was one of 15 Connecticut school awarded a gold medal, which are given to the best 500 high schools in the country.

“Ridgefield High School is ranked 5th within Connecticut. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Ridgefield High School is 70 percent. The student body makeup is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 12 percent,” the report said.

Amistad Academy in New Haven, Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy in East Hartford, Achievement First Hartford Academy, and the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor, all beat out Ridgefield for the top ranking, respectively.

Amistad was the only Connecticut school to make the top 100 list of nationally-ranked schools, coming in at number 55 on the list.

Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern in Groton, Greenwich High School, Staples High School in Westport, Darien High School, Wilton High School, Hall High School and Conard High School both in West Hartford, Weston High School, Simsbury High School, and New Canaan High School were the remaining schools that were awarded gold medals in the U.S News ranking.


The U.S. News rankings compared 20,548 high schools across the nation. Of those, schools were ranked based both on student performance, and on how the schools meet the needs of students who are not college-bound.

“A great high school,” said the rankings’ website, “must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.”

Schools were ranked based on a four-step process.

The schools were first ranked based on whether students were performing “better than statistically expected” based on their state’s high school proficiency tests. The second step in then looked at how historically underserved students (black, hispanic, and low income) performed based upon the state averages for those students. A third step, added three years ago, looked at the schools’ graduation rates for students. The fourth step looked at how students measured up for college-readiness, based on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate testing results.

Top ten

The top ten high schools in Connecticut based on the U.S. News rankings were:

  1. Amistad Academy in New Haven
  2. Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy in East Hartford
  3. Achievement First Hartford Academy
  4. Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Windsor
  5. Ridgefield High School
  6. Marine Science Magnet High School of Southeastern in Groton
  7. Greenwich High School
  8. Staples High School (Westport)
  9. Darien High School
  10. Wilton High School