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AISD High Schools Ranked Among Best in Nation...Again

Seven Austin ISD high schools are among the best in the nation, according to the 2016 Washington Post America's Most Challenging High Schools rankings.
"I am excited to see Austin ISD schools continue to be recognized in Texas and the nation year after year," Superintendent Paul Cruz said. "Our staff and students do outstanding work in the classroom every day. I'm proud of them for providing Austin some of the best schools in the country."
Four of the seven were among the top-ranked public high schools on the magazine's list in 2015.
After evaluating high schools throughout the country, The Washington Post ranked:
  • Anderson-64th in Texas, 418th nationally; 
  • Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders-25rd in Texas, 67th nationally;
  • Akins-146th in Texas, 1940th nationally;
  • Austin-156th in Texas, 2262nd nationally;
  • Bowie-140th in Texas, 1788th nationally;
  • Crockett-126th, 1271st nationally; and
  • Lanier-154th, 2198th nationally. 
Many of the seven AISD schools rank at the top of other national lists that recognize the best educational programs in the country.
The rankings are determined by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests given at a school each year and dividing that by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June.
Schools are ranked in order of that ratio.
Austin ISD is the largest school district in Central Texas, serving more than 83,000 students at 130 schools. Follow AISD on Twitter at @AustinISD or on Facebook at