US News & World Report ranks Cape schools among best in country

Harwich and Nauset Regional High Schools top the national list

"If not a great education for our kids, what is the future?" - Thomas Conrad

NausetRegional High School Principal Thomas Conrad stands in the school's"Hall of Fame" which celebrates its successes in fields ranging fromacademics to sports, music and the arts. Having many many paths forstudents to follow is one of the features which helped it earn a spotin US News & World Reports Best High Schools in America. NausetRegional High School encompasses the towns of Brewster, Eastham,Orleans, and Wellfleet. Photo by Teresa Martin.

By Teresa Martin

Think that Cape Cod is vacation-landwith little to attract full-time families with school-aged kids who arelooking for good schools? Think again. US News & World Report's 2010 Best High Schools in America just named two Cape Cod high schools to its list of best in the country.

Top Grades

Harwich High School and Nauset Regional High School were two of just 21 schools in Massachusetts to be named to the listand two of only 561 schools across the country to meet the grade. The Sturgis Charter School in Barnstable also received an honorable mention in magazine's annual survey.

For All Students

The US News & World Report ranking uses a three-step processthat examines how well a school serves its entire student body. Itlooks at not only collegebound students, but also how well averagestudents and disadvantaged students perform.

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