Classical Named to Washington Post List of America’s Most Challenging High Schools

Classical High School, consistently ranked as the top high school in the State of Rhode Island, has added another jewel to its crown. The college preparatory examination high school was named to the Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools List. Classical was listed first in Rhode Island and 38th in the Northeast among public and private high schools.

The ranking is based on an index formula: the ratio of the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year.

Classical also ranks first among Rhode Island high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools ranking, based on enrollment, test scores on college-level course work, school and district data.

Classical High School, founded on March 20, 1843, selects students based on a rigorous entrance examination as well as superior academic achievement. Honors, as well as 20 Advanced Placement courses, are offered in every discipline. A variety of varsity sports, clubs, and musical groups serve approximately 1,100 students, including the nationally acclaimed Science Olympiad, math team, drama club and literary magazine.