(BHS) was ranked 21st best high school in Connecticut and the 817th best in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report's 2012 Best High Schools ranking.
The annual list ranks schools based on student performance on standardized tests as well as student participation in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.
Since 2009 the list has been expanded from 1,800 to 22,000 high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia (Nebraska did not report enough data to be included in this year's rankings), U.S. News reports.
In addition, U.S. News awarded more than 4,850 gold, silver, and bronze medals to the top-performing schools. Brookfield High School was awarded silver for its high proficiency in reading and math and 42 percent student participation rate in AP courses.
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According to the report, the AP exam participation rate helped BHS reach 35.8 on its College Readiness Index. With 1,016 students and 67 teachers, the high school maintains a 15:1 student to teacher ratio, slightly higher than the state average.
U.S. News partnered with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research in developing the ranking methodology.