John Bapst High School in Bangor was recently ranked first in northern New England for the percentage of students taking college level courses.
The Washington Post’s Challenge Index looks at high schools across the country for the percentage of students who take Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and other college-level coursework. Those courses are one important measure of the rigor and challenge in a high school curriculum.
John Bapst is a private school in which at least 60 percent of the students attending are “tuitioned” by nearby public schools. In the Bangor area, John Bapst serves as a local school choice option. There are 11 schools in the state with similar arrangements, with at least 60 percent of their students paid for with public dollars.