People love telling other people when their kids’ high school makes the US News annual ranking. So it’s pleasurable for me to announce that the Philip J. Weaver Education Center, which counts among its students two of my children, was named this week as the best high school in the state of North Carolina, and No. 39 in the nation.

The quick notes: 6-to-1 student/teacher ratio, 100 percent AP involvement, 95.5 on the college readiness index.

On a more personal note, my sons love it there, and my daughter hopes to attend. The productions — there are a lot of them — are absolutely fantastic and the teachers among the most dedicated and talented I have ever encountered. My mother, herself a teacher of 35 years, agrees.

Elsewhere around the Triad, Early College at Guilford claimed No. 3 in the state, 62nd nationwide and fourth nationally in STEM high schools.

No other area schools cracked the Top 20 in the state, but High Point’s Penn Griffin School hit No. 22, and No. 104 nationally for magnet high schools. Atkins Academic and Tech High in Winston-Salem ranked 24th in the state, High Point’s Academy at Central is No. 39, Greensboro’s Academy at Smith was 45th in the state and UNCG Early/Middle College ranked No. 48.

It’s wonderful to have so many high-performing schools in our cities, and truly remarkable that the best high school in the state is two miles from my office in downtown Greensboro.

You don’t have to be a Weaver parent to celebrate that.

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