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Best High Schools: Gold and Silver Medal Schools by the Numbers

Here are some statistics about the Gold and Silver Medal schools.

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Summary Statistics
Number of schools analyzed 21,069          
Number of states analyzed 48          
Number of states with at least one school identified (gold or silver) 42          
  Gold Silver Top-Performers (Gold and Silver)
  Totals % of Total Totals % of Total Totals % of Total
Total schools identified 100 0% 504 2% 604 3%
Poverty Distribution
Schools with poverty enrollment >=25% 33 33% 160 32% 193 32%
Schools with poverty enrollment >=50% 11 11% 78 15% 89 15%
Schools with poverty enrollment>= 75% 8 8% 23 5% 31 5%
Schools with no significant poverty enrollment (<5% or "n.a.") 36 36% 137 27% 173 29%
Title I schools (i.e., receiving some Title I assistance) 23 23% 152 30% 175 29%
Schools with Schoolwide Title I (i.e., with concentrated poverty) 15 15% 71 14% 86 14%
Minority Distribution
Schools with minority enrollment >=25% 35 35% 150 30% 185 31%
Schools with minority enrollment >=50% 17 17% 89 18% 106 18%
Schools with minority enrollment >=75% 8 8% 44 9% 52 9%
Schools with no significant minority enrollment (<5% or "n.a.") 25 25% 130 26% 155 26%

Schools with no significant minorities tested (i.e., no ach gap data*)

* excludes schools in HI, MD and VT, where subgroup data were not available for statewide analysis

31 31% 125 25% 156 26%
School Structure
Charter schools 18 18% 10 2% 28 5%
Magnet schools 16 16% 46 9% 62 10%
Schools with selective admissions criteria 48 48% 79 16% 127 21%
Schools with lottery admissions 6 6% 13 3% 19 3%
Schools with open admissions 46 46% 412 82% 458 76%
Community Environment
Schools in large cities 33 33% 88 17% 121 20%
Schools in mid-size cities 10 10% 50 10% 60 10%
Schools in small cities 12 12% 35 7% 47 8%
Schools in suburban areas of large cities 37 37% 219 43% 256 42%
Schools in suburban areas of mid-size cities 1 1% 17 3% 18 3%
Schools in suburban areas of small cities 1 1% 5 1% 6 1%
Schools in towns on fringe of urban areas 1 1% 14 3% 15 2%
Schools in towns distant from urban areas 0 0% 9 2% 9 1%
Schoolls in remote towns 0 0% 6 1% 6 1%
Schools in rural areas on fringe of urban areas 4 4% 46 9% 50 8%
Schools in rural areas distant from urban areas 1 1% 8 2% 9 1%
Schools in remote rural areas 0 0% 7 1% 7 1%