JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Duval County's two college-prep high schools are still on the U.S. News and World Report's annual report on the best schools in the nation, but they're not ranked as high as they were in past years.

Stanton College Preparatory School is 29th on the list and Paxon School for Advanced Studies ranked 68th nationally by the magazine. Among Florida high schools, Stanton is the fourth best and Paxon is No. 10.

FULL LIST: U.S. News Best High School Rankings

In preparing its Best High Schools report, the magazine evaluated nearly 22,000 public high schools across the country on a criteria of serving its students well, academic proficiency on state tests and how well it prepares its students for college. Most of the data came from the 2009-10 school year.

Among the academic indicators cited for Stanton's include a 98.1 college readiness index, high math and reading proficiency and a 17:1 student-teacher ratio. Paxon's college readiness index as 82.5, with slightly lower proficiency scores and a slightly higher student-teacher ratio.

Other area schools ranked by the magazine are:

  • Douglas Anderson School of the Arts: 127th nationally and 14th best in Florida
  • Ponte Vedra High School: No. 310 in the nation and No. 21 out of Florida schools
  • Fernandina Beach High School: 614th nationally and No. 39 in Florida

Three years ago, Stanton was ranked 14th on the U.S. News list and Paxon came in 42nd.