science-eng-magnet-hsThe Washington Post has named two of the magnet high schools at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center in Oak Cliff among the top three “most challenging” high schools in the nation.

The Science and Engineering magnet and the Talented and Gifted magnet are ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Both academies have ranked among the top six in the nation since the newspaper started the most-challenging high schools system in 2007.

Also in the top ten is the Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School in South Dallas, at No. 5.

Another Townview academy, Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet, is ranked at 95. The School of Business and Management at Townview is ranked 270. And the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is ranked No. 159.

The only other DISD school to make the 2,000-school national list was W.T. White at 307.

The Post ranks schools based on a calculation of the number of college-level tests given, divided by the number of graduates. The percentage of student who qualify for free or reduced lunch also is considered, as well as the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school careers.