Blaine high school is number 8 in top 10 state schools

Published on Thu, Jun 12, 2008 by Jack Kintner

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Blaine high school is number 8 in top 10 state schools

By Jack Kintner

Blaine high school moved up from tenth to eighth among the top high schools in the state and two spots nationally, from 751st to 749th, over their rankings a year ago in Newsweek Magazine’s latest list of the nation’s best public high schools, published last month.

That puts Blaine in the top five percent nationally of all public high schools. In Washington state, Blaine finished behind five schools from Bellevue, one (Garfield) from Seattle and Central Kitsap High School, all of which are much larger and which have greater financial resources to draw from, said Blaine principal Dan Newell.

“The schools ahead of us are all a lot bigger, and the only one that comes close to our percentage of free and reduced lunch students, which is one indicator of the wealth of your district, is Sammamish with 30 percent. Others are 3, 9, 11, 25 and so on, until you get to us at 43.2 percent.”

The ranking is derived from a ratio of the number of advanced placement (AP) exams taken in a calendar year to the number of graduating seniors.

Blaine, which has had more AP students than any other Whatcom County district for some years, had a ratio of 1.653. This means that 235 nationally administered final tests were completed in all AP courses in a school that graduated only 142 seniors.

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