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Best high school in Alaska? Petersburg

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U.S. News and World Report says that Petersburg High School in Southeast Alaska is ranked Number 1 within Alaska.

The advanced placement participation rate at Petersburg High School is 30%, the total minority enrollment is 32%, and 50% of students are economically disadvantaged. Petersburg High School is ranked #904 in the National Rankings. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college. 

The rest of the top 10 schools in Alaska, according to the annual report, are:

2. Mat-Su Career & Tech Ed High School

3. Homer High School

4. South Anchorage High School

5. Cordova Jr/Sr High School

6. Polaris K-12 School

7. Eagle River High School

8. Juneau-Douglas High School

9. West Valley High School

10. Chugiak High School

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia is No. 1 in the publication’s national ranking of best high schools, as well as among magnet schools. BASIS Chandler in Arizona is at the top of the list for charter schools, and High Technology High School in New Jersey is the No. 1 STEM school.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Congratulations Petersburg. A 30% advanced placement participation rate is outstanding. I’m not sure what minority enrollment or economic disadvantage has to do with anything though, we are talking about scholars here. Well done!

  • US News is not credible. They use metrics which include adjustments for race and economic status. US Dept of Education statistics show Haines High School scoring higher. See

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