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City Honors ranked among top 100

It's another honor for City Honors.

U.S. News & World Report has named the Buffalo school one of the top 100 high schools in the United States.

City Honors was ranked No. 50 on the list -- the first time the news magazine, famed for its best colleges and universities lists, has rated high schools.

The accolades came just six months after City Honors was named the nation's ninth-best high school by Newsweek magazine. That marked the second time the school had made Newsweek's top 10 list.

"I think it's a great compliment," City Honors Principal William Kresse said Thursday. "It says a lot about challenging students. . . . The framework we've put in place is successful."

Kresse credited the school's rigorous graduation requirements, as well as its array of both Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes.

U.S. News & World Report relied on three factors to judge schools: achievement levels for all students in reading and math on state accountability tests, ability to achieve proficiency rate on state tests for the schools' least advantaged student groups and providing students with a college-ready curriculum.

City Honors was the only high school in Western New York to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report. It is one of 18 in the state.

Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Va., tops the list.

e-mail: mbecker@buffnews.com

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