Published: Jun 14, 2010 5:20 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 14, 2010 2:23 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla - Lee County Public Schools is very proud to announce that Fort Myers High School has been ranked 71st by Newsweek Magazine in it’s annual rankings of the best high schools in America. This is yet another honor in a long list of honors earned by the school.


“I cannot adequately express how proud I am of Fort Myers High – the students, faculty, administration and support staff,” said Dr. James Browder, Superintendent of Schools. “Fort Myers High has been a model for other schools – locally, statewide and nationally – and it’s a great honor to be considered one of America’s Top 100 schools.”


This honor is nothing new for Fort Myers High – they routinely appear in Newsweek magazine’s list of top high schools, being ranked 99th last year. Fort Myers High is the only Southwest Florida high school ranked in the top 100.


Newsweek magazine ranks the nation’s high schools each year by taking the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge (AICE) tests given at a school and dividing that total by the number of graduating seniors. The reason they choose this criteria is because these programs (AP, IB and Cambridge) give average students a chance to experience a highly rigorous course load. Studies have shown that some of the best predictors of college graduation were not necessarily good high school grades or test scores, but rather if a student had an intense academic experience in high school.


“With the increasing number of high schools offering advanced academic programs, this is proof of the dedication and hard work of our teachers and students to improve our rank 28 spots,” said David LaRosa, Principal, Fort Myers High. “We’ll continue to provide a rigorous course of study for our students – that’s our commitment at Fort Myers High.”

Florida has 18 schools in the top 100, with Stanton College Prep of Jacksonville the highest-ranked at number 3.  

Florida has 134 schools total on the complete list of 1,622 schools, which appears exclusively on  According to Mathews’ formula, the ratio comes from the total number of AP, Intl. Baccalaureate or Cambridge tests taken at each school divided by the number of graduating seniors. Any school with a ratio of 1.000 or higher is placed on the Newsweek list. The annual ranking is one of the most viewed features on 

The schools in Florida that made the top 100 are:


• Stanton College Prep, in Jacksonville (No. 3)

• Paxon School for Advanced Studies, in Jacksonville (No. 8)

• Suncoast Community, in Riviera Peach (No. 9)

• Center for Advanced Technologies, in St. Petersburg (No. 15)

• Eastside, in Gainesville (No. 17)

• Pensacola, in Pensacola (No. 21)

• (Douglas) Anderson School of Arts, in Jacksonville (No. 31)

• Coral Reef, in Miami (No. 34)

• Hillsborough High School, in Tampa (No. 43)

• School for Advanced Studies, in Miami (No. 46)

• H.B. Plant, in Tampa (No. 47)

• Dreyfoos School of the Arts, in West Palm Beach (No. 60)

• Boca Raton Community, in Boca Raton (No. 61)

• C. Leon King Magnet, in Tampa (No. 67)

• Fort Myers, in Fort Myers (No. 71)

• Atlantic Community, Delray Beach (No. 88) 

• Mandarin, in Jacksonville (No. 96)

• Lincoln, in Tallahassee (No. 97)