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The annual study examines 22,000 public high school in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Michigan's International Academy of Macomb was named the top magnet school; High Technology High School in Lincroft, N.J.as the best STEM school; and BASIS Scottsdale as the best charter school.

Take a look below at all of the public CT high schools that cracked the top 500. "I congratulate the students, teachers and staff of these schools for blazing a path of excellence".

The report recognized 72 Colorado schools as among the best high school schools, including 11 gold medal schools, 31 silver medal school and 30 bronze medal schools. Many small schools don't offer many AP classes, he explained, and some students opt for college-level classes in lieu of them.

Suncoast was one of only two schools in Florida to earn a spot on the list.

High Schools in San Diego Unified, San Dieguito, Poway, Sweetwater and Chula Vista School Districts ranked among the top 1,000 in the country. Tiebreakers determined the ranks of schools achieving the same CRI.

"Schools that made it through the first three steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step - college-readiness performance - using Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmark for success", the website continued. "These schools represent just a sampling of the many high quality schools that are raising the bar for success and leading education experts across the nation to take notice of Chicago's progress".

A total of 104 bronze medals were awarded in Iowa based on graduation rates and how the schools performed on state assessments.

Charter-based Riverside Preparatory in Oro Grande was also a silver medalist, ranking No. 376 in California and No. 1,911 in the nation.