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Published: Wednesday, April 9 2014 3:20 p.m. MDT

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casual observer
Salt Lake City, UT

Is this one of the educational options that the teachers union opposes?

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Don't worry casual observer, most of the schools in Utah's top ten (if you dig deep enough) were your regular run of the mill public schools. Yes, schools that don't charge students $20,000 plus in tuition and actually HAS to let all the students that live in its boundaries attend the school.

Christianman
SLC, UT

Rowland Hall is actually first according to the list at 5.439. For whatever reason they are not listed on the state list, but are on the national list. If this is the case and Rowland Hall is truly number one in Utah, this is a very embarrassing headline for the Deseret News. They even interviewed Waterford officials about being number 1.

As for me I don't put much stock in these lists anyway.

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Another list out there has Skyline as the top-ranked Utah school and on this list it come at about No. 309...

Rural sport fan
DUCHESNE, UT

It's a pointless ranking. It's based on how many kids take AP tests. Many schools in Utah don't have AP classes because their kids take actual college classes instead.

So...which is better, taking one AP class for a year and then a test that excuses you from taking a college class IF your selected college accepts your score, or taking three college courses in that same single class period over the course of a year?

Come on folks, educate yourself on education.

Tennis Mom
Salt Lake City, UT

I do not see Rowland Hall on the National List. Can someone tell me where it is?

Utahopinion201
Ogden, UT

Christianman,

The index you are looking at was from 2013 list, so Rowland Hall is not in the list this year. On last year list, Rowland Hall didn't publish their SAT, ACT, E&E or lunch program scores or index. So it is not much information about their success. If you check the Washington Post list, the newspaper also shares the ACT, SAT, and E&E scores and percentages and it helps to make a better evaluation of the schools on this list. Also, the percentage of students who qualify for lunch programs is on there as well.

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