John Bapst Memorial High School in Bangor is the most challenging high school in northern New England, according to a list compiled by the Washington Post. It has earned this honor three times in the past five years.
John Bapst Memorial High School has been ranked the number one high school in northern New England, which includes Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, by The Washington Post in its 2016 annual High School Challenge. The Challenge is designed to reveal the level of a high school’s commitment to preparing the average student for college. John Bapst is a nonsectarian, independent, college-preparatory school in Bangor that serves students in grades nine through 12, the majority of whom are publicly supported. John Bapst’s student body of 510 students includes students from 35 Maine towns and eight foreign countries.
The Washington Post surveys and ranks approximately 2,300 high schools across the country each year. Its Challenge Index formula is straightforward: total number of Advanced Placement, international baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year divided by the number of graduating seniors. John Bapst offered 20 Advanced Placement courses this year, along with featured programs in music, visual arts, and technology.
In addition to ranking number one in northern New England, John Bapst ranked 33 of 469 schools in the entire Northeast region, which includes New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Nationally, John Bapst is ranked 285 of 2302 schools, placing it in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide.
Click here to view The Washington Post High School Challenge article and complete list of high schools.
Click here to see John Bapst’s individual listing.
Addition contact: David Armistead, Principal and Academic Dean, John Bapst Memorial High School, 100 Broadway, Bangor Maine, 04401. firstname.lastname@example.org