Darien High was No. 7 Connecticut and 324th in the country in last year's rankings . In this year's rankings, The magazine noted that 100 percent of Darien High's School students are proficient in reading and 98 percent are proficient in math.
In producing the rankings, U.S. News rated each school based on how well it prepares students for college, average math and reading standardized test scores and student/teacher ratio.
A high participation rate in college-level, advanced placement classes also helped Darien High achieved a gold medal in the rankings.
Here is this year's top 10 in Connecticut.
1. Darien High School
2. Conard High School, West Hartford
3. Weston High School
4. Ridgefield High School
5. Farmington High School
6. Wilton High School
7. Staples High School, Westport
8. William H. Hall High School, West Hartford
9. Joel Barlow High School, Easton
10. Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy, East Hartford
The top ranked high school in the country was the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas.
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