05/06/2013 12:30 pm ET

Best High Schools 2013: Newsweek/Daily Beast List

Comparing how much students at one high school are learning, relative to students at another can be a tricky equation. Luckily, Newsweek and The Daily Beast reviewed statistics from over 5,000 high schools and did the math to rank the best high schools in the country in a list released Monday.

To determine a school's rank, Newsweek considered six main factors that included students' standardized test scores and statistics related to students' college readiness. From Newsweek:

The list is based on six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

While last year's methodology considered the overall size of a school's curriculum, this year's methodology focused more specifically on how challenging the courses are. Newsweek took the number of students enrolled in at least one college-level course and divided that number by total enrollment. (Read more on the methodology.)

Newsweek's ranking was released shortly after U.S. News & World Report's annual list. While several schools ranked here are also included in U.S. News & World Report's ranking, its top six look dramatically different.

Scroll through Newsweek's top six below, and click over to Newsweek to check out the full list of the 2,000 best high schools in America.



Newsweek's Best Public High Schools