BANGOR, Maine — John Bapst Memorial High School has been ranked the number one high school in northern New England, which includes Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, by The Washington Post in its 2012 annual High School Challenge. The Challenge is designed to reveal the level of a high school’s commitment to preparing the average student for college. John Bapst is a nonsectarian, independent, college-preparatory school in Bangor that serves students in grades nine through 12, the majority of whom are publicly supported.

The Washington Post surveys and ranks approximately 27,000 high schools across the country each year. Its Challenge Index formula is straightforward: total number of Advanced Placement, international baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year divided by the number of graduating seniors.

In addition to ranking number one in northern New England, John Bapst ranked 47 of 278 schools in the entire Northeast region, which includes New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Nationally, John Bapst is ranked 347 of 2005 schools, placing it in the top 20 percent of schools nationwide.

Click here to view The Washington Post High School Challenge article and complete list of high schools.

Click here to see John Bapst’s individual listing.