December 01, 2016
A Chester County public high school has been named the best in Pennsylvania, according to niche.com.
Conestoga Senior High School in Berwyn led all public schools in the state with an A+ grade based on several criteria: academics, diversity, teachers, college readiness, clubs & activities and health and safety. It scored A+ grades in all those areas, except for diversity, which was graded as a B-.
The school was ranked 12th in the nation. Radnor High School, second on the Pennsylvania list, was the 28th-ranked school in the United States.
Conestoga is in the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District, which was named earlier this month the best school district in the nation for the second year in a row by the website, which analyzes schools' data and parents' reviews to develop national and state rankings.
The school was in the news for less noteworthy reasons this year, as a teacher's aide and coach was charged with having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student in April. A month earlier, the school's football coach resigned after the team allegedly engaged in a hazing ritual dubbed "No Gay Thursday."
Philadelphia-area public high schools dominated the Top 10 list for Pennsylvania:
1. Conestoga Senior High School, Berwyn, Chester County
2. Radnor Senior High School, Radnor, Delaware County
3. North Allegheny High School, Wexford, north of Pittsburgh
4. Harriton Senior High School, Rosemont, Montgomery County
5. Lower Merion High School, Ardmore, Montgomery County
6. Fox Chapel Area High School, Pittsburgh
7. Julia R. Masterman Secondary School, Philadelphia
8. Unionville High School, Kennett Square, Chester County
9. Mt. Lebanon Senior High School, Pittsburgh
10. Central High School, Philadelphia
And the Top 10 public high schools in New Jersey:
1. Bergen County Academies, Hackensack
2. Academy for Allied Health Science, Scotch Plains
3. Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, Jersey City
4. Bergen County Technical High School, Teterboro
5. Union County Magnet High School, Scotch Plains
6. Princeton High School, Princeton
7. Biotechnology High School, Freehold
8. High Technology High School, Lincroft
9. Academy for Information Technology, Scotch Plains
10. The Academy for Mathematics, Science & Engineering, Rockaway
The best public high school in the country is Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois, a suburb north of Chicago, Niche.com said.