Litchfield High School Ranks in Newsweek’s
2014 Top Schools List
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
By Kate Hartman
Litchfield High School is one of only
13 Connecticut high schools that made Newsweek’s
“America’s Top High Schools” list for 2014.
list ranks the schools that do the best job of preparing
students for college.
Amity Regional High School in
Woodbridge ranked 112 out of 500, the highest Connecticut
school on the list. It had a 92.67 college readiness
score, college bound students in the 79.2 percentile,
graduation rate in the 60.76 percentile and poverty at
only 4.41 percent.
At 164, Litchfield High School
had a college readiness score of 89.27, college bound
students in the 89.34 percentile, graduation rate in the
95.95 percentile and a poverty level of 11.42 percent.
This year, Newsweek teamed up with research partner
Westat and used a more stringent methodology to rank the
schools. New measures of quality and a higher standard for
data were employed in a three-step process that included a
threshold analysis, a ranking analysis and an equity
Researchers created an achievement index
based on performance indicators to highlight schools that
perform in or at the 80th percentile within each state.
Then, a College Readiness Score was created based on six
indicators—enrollment rate, graduation rate, weighted
AP/IB composite, holding power and counselor-to-student
The third component, in which top high
schools were identified based on whether their
economically disadvantaged students performed better than
the state average, did not impact the ranking.
each school that made the list, their college readiness
score, the percentile for their college bound and
graduation rate (both relative measures instead of
absolute measures) and their poverty percentage were
The other Connecticut schools on the list
Connecticut International Baccalaureate
Academy in East Hartford ranked 140 with a 90.84 college
readiness score, college bound students in the 97.12
percentile, graduation rate in the 94.7 percentile and a
19.68 percent poverty level.
Greenwich High School
came in 168 on the list with a college readiness score of
89.01, college bound students in the 72.14 percentile,
graduation rate in the 40.42 percentile and a poverty
level of 13.06 percent.
Rounding out the top five,
Daniel Hand High School in Madison ranked 179 with a
college readiness score of 88.29, college bound students
in the 81.03 percentile, graduation rate in the 86.2
percentile and a poverty level of 3.34 percent.
Other schools that made the list included South Windsor
High School at 226, Fairfield Warde High School at 227,
East Lyme High School at 228, Wolcott High School at 337,
Lyme-Old Lyme High School at 352, Haddam-Killingsworth
High School at 366, Pomperaug Regional High School in
Southbury at 386 and Cheshire High School at 401.
Congratulations to the administrators and staff at
Litchfield High School for providing students with an
outstanding school experience.
- From Herbert Pandiscio and the Board of Education