America's Most Challenging High Schools

America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: 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. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.

Uplift North Hills Preparatory

Uplift North Hills Preparatory in Texas is among the top five nationally. (Courtesy of Uplift Education)

National Rankings

Get Challenge Index scores for more than 2,000 public and private high schools nationwide, as ranked by The Post's Jay Mathews.

1. American Indian Public Charter
2. Uplift Education North Hills Preparatory
3. Corbett Charter
4. Talented and Gifted
5. Science/Engineering Magnet
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Columbia Heights Education Campus

Columbia Heights Education Campus in D.C. is one of the local leaders. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

D.C. Area Rankings

See Challenge Index scores for more than 170 Washington-area public and private high schools, as ranked by The Post's Jay Mathews.

1. Saint Anselm's Abbey (P)
2. Washington International School (P)
3. H-B Woodlawn
4. Poolesville
5. Richard Montgomery
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Inside The Challenge

My 2014 list

Most of the top 100 schools don't field football teams.

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