RCHS was founded as an alternative public college prep level school. Its students apply for admission, but the admission process is based on a lottery with names being drawn from the total pool of applicants. Each grade level has about 125 students, with a total student body of around 500.
Four Triangle schools are on Newsweek magazine's 2005 list of the top 100 public high schools in the country.RCHS website is here.
Raleigh Charter High School, which ranked ninth, is the only school in North Carolina to make the top 10.
Other local schools in the top 100 are East Chapel Hill High School (38th), Enloe High School (52nd) and Chapel Hill High School (74th). Nine North Carolina schools placed in the top 100.
This is the first year Raleigh Charter, which opened in 1999 and graduated its first class in 2002, has made the list. Shirley Usry, president of the school's Parent, Administrator, Student, Teacher Association, said its faculty encourages students to push themselves.
"They try to challenge the students maybe more than they think they can do," she said. "They keep them busy and hopping."
Update: The Newsweek info is here.