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Three Tucson schools rank top 40 nationwide

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Three Tucson area schools now rank in the top 40 of a nationwide list of high-achieving schools.

BASIS Tucson charter school has been ranked number four on the Washington Post's Challenge Index. BASIS Tucson was the only Arizona school to crack the list's top 10 in the country.

  • BASIS Tucson Charter is No. 4
  • Sonoran Science Academy came in at No. 27
  • University High School placed 34
  • Canyon Del Oro High School is 1,474
  • Ironwood Ridge High School is 1,876

The rankings are out of 1,900 public high schools nationwide.

The Washington Post has ranked the nation's public high schools using the Challenge Index, his measure of how effectively a school prepares its students for college.

The formula for the index is simple: Divide the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2010 by the number of graduating seniors. The index aims to rate the level of a high school's commitment to preparing average students for college.

[Get Challenge Index scores for more than 1,900 public high schools nationwide here]

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