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Four Eastern Iowa high schools named to "Best" list

EASTERN IOWA (KWWL) -- Cedar Rapids Washington High School, Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School, Iowa City West High School and Mid Prairie High School have been named to Newsweek Magazine's 2010 list of "America's Best High Schools".

Out of 27,000 public high schools in America, Washington is ranked 365th, Kennedy is ranked 421st, Iowa City West is 920th and Mid-Prairie is 1,335th.

"The culture of our school encourages students to take our most challenging academic courses, and that leads to our high Newsweek ranking," said Dr. Ralph Plagman, Washington principal.

"It is a credit to our students and staff that we were able to make such a huge gain from a year ago," noted Dr. Mary Wilcynski, Kennedy Principal. "We are thrilled to be on a list of the elite high schools in America."

Every year, Newsweek picks the best high schools in the nation based on how hard school staffs work to challenge students with advanced placement college-level courses and tests. 

They divide the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests given at a school each year by the number of seniors graduating that spring.

Only the public high schools where that ratio is 1.0 or higher are listed. For the 2010 list, just over 1,600 schools, or about 6% of all public high schools in the U.S., were at or above that ratio.

Other Iowa high schools making the list are Mid-Prairie, Ames, and West Des Moines Valley.

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