DARIEN, Conn. – Darien High School was named the sixth best high school in the state in a recent ranking by Newsweek. The magazine placed Darien 328th on the list of the top 1,000 high schools in the country.
Newsweek listed the schools based on graduation rate, college matriculation rate, standardized test scores and the number of AP courses offered per student.
Darien’s graduation rate and college matriculation rate were both 95 percent. The average SAT score was 1810, the highest in the state. The average AP score of 4.3 was also the highest in the state. The town's average ACT score, 26.9, is the third highest in Connecticut.
A recent survey by U.S. News and World Report named Darien the seventh best in Connecticut and the 324th best in the country. That ranking was based more on performance on state exams and AP courses, whereas the Newsweek ranking placed higher emphasis on graduation rates and the percentage of students who were college-bound.