Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stanton Is No. 1 in Magazine Report Programs Make Paxon 7th on Newsweek List

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stanton Is No. 1 in Magazine Report Programs Make Paxon 7th on Newsweek List

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Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville is the No. 1 public high school in the nation, and Paxon School for Advanced Studies is No. 7, according to a report by a national magazine.

The two Duval County high schools received the rankings in this week's edition of Newsweek because they challenge students to participate in two strenuous academic programs -- International Baccalaureate, where the curriculum is based on international standards, and Advanced Placement, which allows students to earn college credit in high school.

"This is significant because there are a number of schools in the state and nation that offer these difficult programs," School Board Chairwoman Susan Wilkinson said yesterday. "To be at the top of the top is amazing."

Another Duval County school that made the list was Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, which tied for No. 346 out of the 472 schools ranked. The magazine studied 22,500 public high schools.

Newsweek designated three local schools to be among the best because of the number of students taking the strenuous courses. The rankings were determined by the number of students at each school in 1999 who took the International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement tests, divided by the number of graduating seniors. The rankings did not look at the test scores or grades students received in these programs.

Stanton and Paxon are the only two public high schools in Duval County to offer International Baccalaureate.

The full report is in the March 13 issue of Newsweek. The issue is available today.

The honor should not be much of a surprise for Stanton, long hailed as the shining star of Duval County's public schools.

In April, the school was honored by the College Board for having the most students in the nation taking Advanced Placement tests. The College Board oversees the tests. Students who pass these tests earn college credits.

While most Jacksonville high schools offer Advanced Placement courses, Stanton offers the most at 25. …

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