Washington Post names Reagan, King to top U.S. schools list

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Public Schools’ Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School and Rufus King International School are among the best in the country when it comes to challenging their students, according to a new ranking from the Washington Post.

The Post rankings are based upon the number of college-level tests given to students.

Reagan was named third best in Wisconsin. King was ranked fifth. Nine of the top 10 schools in Wisconsin were in the Milwaukee area. (To see the list, click here: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/schools/2012/list/wisconsin-schools/)

Both schools offer families the International Baccalaureate program, which was developed for the children of diplomats to ensure they have access to the highest quality education as they move around the world. IB programs help develop “the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world,” according to the IB organization.

King and Reagan were recently named among the 200 best high schools in the country by U.S. News and World Report. They were ranked first and second in the state, respectively, and MPS’ Milwaukee School of Languages was ranked seventh.