Wilmot Union High School has been notified it has been ranked in the top 2,000 public high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine for 2013. It is the first time the school has received the honor.

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 earlier this month, a press release says.

Wilmot Union High School was ranked 1,514 out of 2,000. WHS has a graduating rate of 96 percent with 80 percent of its graduates college bound. The average ACT score is 21.2 and average AP Score is 3.4. Newsweek gave WHS a score of 2.76.

To determine a school’s rank, Newsweek considered six main factors that included students’ standardized test scores and statistics related to students’ college readiness.      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.             On June 2 at 2 p.m. 263 members of the WHS Class of 2013 will receive their diplomas.