Wilton ranked ninth best high school in the state

Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road.

Wilton High School, 395 Danbury Road.

Wilton High School is the ninth best high school in the state of Connecticut, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools rankings.

According to the report, Connecticut — which has 132 school districts, 193 high schools, 13,283 full-time teachers and 170,021 enrolled students — has 14 gold medal schools, 35 silver medal schools and nine bronze medal schools.

Since Wilton High School was awarded a national gold medal, the school was eligible for a state ranking.

The following academic indicators are used to determine schools’ rankings:

  • Student/teacher ratio.
  • Reading proficiency.
  • Mathematics proficiency.
  • College readiness index.

According to the report, Wilton High School has 1,309 students, 94 full-time teachers, and a minority enrollment of 12%, and 3% of its students are economically disadvantaged. Wilton High School has a 14-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio — larger than the 13-to-1 state average.

U.S. News calculated the following averages based on Wilton student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level course work, such as AP exams:

  • Percent of students proficient in reading: 98%.
  • Percent of students proficient in math: 97%.
  • College readiness index: 58.5.

College readiness is based on the percentage of 12th graders who were tested on and passed AP exams. The maximum college readiness index value is 100.

According to the report, 65% of Wilton 12th graders took AP tests and 56% of them passed.

Other Fairfield County high schools to make the top 20 were:

  • Weston High School — No. 5.
  • Staples High School (Westport) — No. 7.
  • Darien High School — No. 8.
  • Ridgefield High School — No. 11.
  • Joel Barlow High School (Redding) — No. 13.
  • Greenwich High School — No. 14.
  • New Canaan High School — No. 15.

The No. 1 best school in Connecticut this year was the Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy in East Hartford.

Wilton High School was ranked the 356th best school in the nation and the 97th best STEM school.

Click here to view U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools rankings.

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