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Harding Charter Preparatory High School students are smarty smarts.

No, they don’t just carry around and nibble on Smarties candy rolls; they hit the books and learn.

About two-thirds of the youths pass college-level tests before they graduate. At Chicken-Fried News, we call that impressive.

Recently, The Washington Post highlighted the northwest Oklahoma City charter school in its roundup of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools.” Harding earned the No. 1 ranking in the Oklahoma category.

Researchers examined the number of students passing college-level exams, graduation rates and families qualifying for lunch subsidies in the analysis.

Tulsa’s Booker T. Washington High School ranked No. 2, followed by Tulsa’s Edison Preparatory School. Edmond North High School ranked No. 4 and Norman North High School finished out the top five.

Kudos to the administration, staff, teachers, students and parents at Harding.

This is no small feat.

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