Wilton High School placed 56th on Newsweek’s 2016 list of America’s Top High Schools, which ranks public high schools across the United States based on how well they prepare students for college.

To determine the nation’s top 500 high schools of 2016, Newsweek used data from the U.S. Department of Education’s EDFacts to create a high school achievement index based on performance indicators. It also looked at the National Center for Education Statistics’ data on state test proficiency and students eligible for free- or reduced-price lunch in 2012-13.

Newsweek then surveyed approximately 6,500 schools that met its threshold criteria to obtain in-depth 2014-2015 school year data on the following college readiness indicators:


  • Number of full-time equivalent (FTE) counselors.

  • College acceptance and enrollment.

  • SAT and ACT participation and performance.

  • AP, IB, and AICE participation and performance.

  • Dual enrollments.


With 95% of students bound for college, 2.4% eligible for free- or reduced-price lunch, and a 99.1% graduation rate, Wilton High School received a college readiness score of 85.3 out of 100.

Three other Fairfield County high schools made Newsweek’s top 500:


  • Weston High School ranked 39th, with an 87.5 college readiness score.

  • Ridgefield High School ranked 151st, with an 80.6 college readiness score.

  • Newtown High School ranked 339th, with a 76.2 college readiness score.


With a 100-out-of-100 college readiness score, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Virginia was Newsweek's No. 1 top high school of 2016.

Click here to view Newsweek’s Top High Schools of 2016.