Where are the best public high schools in America? Newsweek has a whole list of answers with its “1,000 Schools That Made the Grade,” released Monday, the Huffington Post reports. More than a quarter that made the list are in or near New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. At the top schools, 91 percent were admitted to college. Students also had a higher average AP score — 3.4 out of 5, compared with the national 2.8, and tended to come from families with higher incomes than average: 17.5 percent receive free or reduced-price lunches, compared with 40 percent nationally. To determine the rankings, Newsweek factored in six criteria: the school’s four-year graduation rate, college-acceptance rate, number of AP and other high-level exams given per student, average SAT/ACT scores, average AP/college-level test scores and the number of AP courses offered per student. (See full methodology.) Newsweek’s list comes on the heels of U.S. News & World Report’s release of its annual high school rankings…

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