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Newsweek: Rufus King Ranked WI's Top Public High School

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - Once again this year, Milwaukee Rufus King is ranked as Wisconsin’s top public high school. But it dropped more than 100 points in Newsweek Magazine’s national ranking of the 1,600 best institutions.

Rufus King is ranked 318th this year, down from 209th a year ago. Marshfield is again ranked the 2nd-best in Wisconsin – and it rose to 370th place nationally, up from 426th a year ago. Brookfield Central rose to number 3 in the state – and it’s 378th in the nation, after being 680th the year before.

Jay Mathews of Newsweek ranks the schools, based on the percentage of students who take top-level academic exams compared to their total number of graduates. Those exams include Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests, as well as the Cambridge tests.

Whitefish Bay ranks 4th in the state. Cedarburg, New Berlin West, Grafton, West Bend West, Brookfield East, and Kettle Moraine round out the Top 10. The schools that made the list represent the top 6 percent of all high schools in the country.

The other Wisconsin schools, in order, are the Milwaukee School of Languages, Eau Claire Memorial, West Bend East, New Berlin Eisenhower, Waukesha West, Mequon Homestead, Greendale, Waukesha South, and Milwaukee Riverside.

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