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Two local schools make list of ’10 Best High Schools in North Carolina’

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Two Piedmont schools made the list of the top 10 best high schools in North Carolina, according to US News.


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West Forsyth High School ranks #2 and Lucy Ragsdale High ranks #6 in North Carolina, according to the publication.

The schools are ranked based on several factors, including students, teachers, grades and awards.

In the 2014 rankings, 34 North Carolina schools received silver medals and 61 received bronze medals. The only two schools that earned gold medals were Green Hope High in Cary and West Forsyth High in Clemmons.

According to the publication, at West Forsyth High School “students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP participation rate at West Forsyth High is 61 percent. The student body makeup is 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 32 percent. West Forsyth High is 1 of 15 high schools in the Forsyth County Schools.”

According to the publication, at Lucy Ragsdale High “students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Lucy Ragsdale High is 52 percent. The student body makeup is 55 percent male and 45 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 60 percent. Lucy Ragsdale High is 1 of 28 high schools in the Guilford County Schools.

West Forsyth High ranks #378 nationally and Lucy Ragsdale High ranks #968 nationally.

List of the top 10 high schools in North Carolina:

#1 Green Hope High in Cary
#2 West Forsyth High in Clemmons
#3 Panther Creek High in Cary
#4 Hendersonville High in Hendersonville
#5 Butler High in Matthews
#6 Lucy Ragsdale High in Jamestown
#7 South Mecklenburg High in Charlotte
#8 Cary High in Cary
#9 Cox Mill High in Concord
#10 Holly Springs High in Holly Springs

See complete North Carolina High School Rankings.


  • Ryan Turner

    Ragsdale??? Really???? The school that has drug dogs constantly sweeping the halls and kids that the teachers can’t control made number 6??? don’t forget to mention the alcoholic principal.

      • Stephanie Phillips

        He must not know a whole lot because he would know all of the changes that Ragsdale has made over ther last several years. I’m very proud of Ragsdale. The teachers, community support, parents and the children that take school serious to make Ragsdale rank #6 in the state.

    • Stephanie Phillips

      Ryan, please get your facts straight before you post anything about Ragsdale… why are you so upset? Is it because your school/alumni didn’t make it?

  • john

    Ryan does have his facts straight I have a child in Ragsdale and the drug use in that school is horrible. The teachers will not contact the parents when ask to. They have restrooms known to the students as the place to smoke pot. They did try to limit the gang activity but from what I have heard it has not stopped. So I would say that Ryan is closer to spot on then are the ones giving him grief

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