Sturgis Charter Public School in Hyannis received a ranking by The Washington Post as the most challenging high school in Massachusetts. Sturgis was also ranked 4th in the Northeast, and 84th in the nation. This marks the eighth straight year that Sturgis has been ranked among the top schools in the US by The Washington Post.
The Post evaluated schools based on the total number of Advanced Placement tests given at a school each year divided by the number of seniors who graduate.
The post calls this formula the “Challenge Index” and it is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in persuading students to take college-level courses and tests.
Mashpee High School was the only other Cape high school to receive a ranking in the test. Mashpee made the list in 17th place for Massachusetts and 686th in the US.
A total of 97 Massachusetts schools were ranked out of 2025 nationally.