And this year, schools from the Hartford area and Fairfield County lead the way in academic excellence, fleshing out most of the spots at the top of the Connecticut's top ranked list. (see the list above)
At the head of the class this year is Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in Hartford, which U.S. News ranks as the state's best high school.
North Haven High School was listed at an unranked position on the report's statewide list.
Branford High School was listed at an unranked position on the report's statewide list.
The full slate of the news magazine's Connecticut high school rankings can be found here.
Nation's Top School
The nation's top high school is School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas.
Only one Connecticut school ranked in the Top 25 of this year's list — the state's top ranked school, Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, at No. 15.
The report bases its findings on "the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators."
Schools were then awarded gold, silver or bronze medals "based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college."
Click here to read the report's full methodology.