North America’s Best High School Model UN teams: 2011-2012 Spring Rankings Top 100

by KFC on April 11, 2012

Henry M. Gunn High School was one of several schools to win a best large delegation award at a regional conference and win awards at several national conferences

Which high schools have the best Model UN team in North America? We devised a rankings system that answers this question in order to recognize the top teams on the circuit for their accomplishments.

Please read the methodology article first before jumping into the rankings. We clarify in the article our purpose for doing rankings, our philosophy that drives what we value in the rankings, and our methodology.

With that said, here are the Top 100 Model UN teams in North America! Please keep into perspective that being ranked anywhere in our entire top 150 already puts these teams in the top 10% of all schools that attended Model UN conferences this year.

North America’s Best High School Model UN Teams: 2011-2012 Spring Rankings Top 100 “Honorable Mention”

All of these programs have either won many individual awards at one of the most competitive conferences, won a large delegation award at a large or regional conference, and/or won several small delegation awards across various conferences. Since there were only a few head-to-head matchups at this level in the rankings and there are only marginal differences in the scores, it made more sense to tier the entire top 51-100 than to rank them by individual places.

In fact, a contributing factor between the split of the 51-75 tier and the 76-100 tier is that the schools in the former category tend to be from the East Coast where they have more opportunities to participate at competitive conferences (and thus boost their scores) whereas the schools in the latter category could be limited to the maximum weighting of their regional conference scores. In reality, the quality between most of the teams in both tiers might be very similar. Again, here is the methodology.

The Top 75 (51-75) listed alphabetically:

  • Bay Shore High School (New York)
  • Choate Rosemary Hall (Connecticut)
  • Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola (Puerto Rico)
  • Cranbrook Kingswood School (Michigan)
  • Forest Hills Northern High School (Michigan)
  • Glenbrook South High School (Illinois)
  • Henry M. Gunn High School (California)
  • Hillsborough High School (New Jersey)
  • Hunter College High School (New York)
  • Jefferson Area High School (Ohio)
  • King Low Heywood Thomas (Connecticut)
  • League of Creative Minds (California)
  • Moorestown Friends School (New Jersey)
  • Neuqua Valley High School (Illinois)
  • New Hyde Park Memorial High School (New York)
  • Sewanhaka High School (New York)
  • St. Alban’s School (Washington DC)
  • The Baldwin School of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)
  • The Blake School (Minnesota)
  • The Derryfield School (New Hamsphire)
  • The Hopkins School (Connecticut)
  • The Lawrenceville School (New Jersey)
  • The Wheeler School (Rhode Island)
  • Trevor Day School (New York)
  • University High School – Irvine (California)

The Top 100 (76-100) listed alphabetically:

  • American Heritage School – Plantation (Florida)
  • Belen Jesuit Preparatory School (Florida)
  • Bellaire High School (Texas)
  • Boulder High School (Colorado)
  • Cherry Hill High School East (New Jersey)
  • Claudia Taylor Johnson High School (Texas)
  • Edison High School – Huntington Beach (California)
  • Glenbard West High School (Illinois)
  • Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School (Florida)
  • Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy (Illinois)
  • Latin School of Chicago (Illinois)
  • La Vernia High School (Texas)
  • Liberal Arts and Science Academy (Texas)
  • Mattawan High School (Michigan)
  • McCallie School (Tennessee)
  • North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics (North Carolina)
  • Northwood High School (California)
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (California)
  • Phillips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire)
  • Poughkeepsie Day School (New York)
  • Ronald Reagan High School (Texas)
  • Second Baptist High School (Texas)
  • Shawnee Heights High School (Kansas)
  • Strada (Texas)
  • Toronto French School (Ontario, Canada)

Results are through April 1, 2012. Final rankings will be released in June after all conferences have taken place. Congratulations to all the teams so far!

Also, check out the top 101-150!

  • Collin Thomas Ryan Mathias

    Top 75 is pretty good. Thanks for putting this all together! Go Forest Hills Northern #NORMUNswag

  • Colin Mark

    Congratulations to all of the schools recognized in the top 150!

    How are the future rankings articles going to be split up?

    • Kevin Felix Chan

      We’re going to keep the Top 25 with individual ranks since that’s what we’ve been doing. The tiering for the rest of the top 150 was due to three things: a) the marginal differences in scores between the teams, b) the teams rarely saw each other since they’re all from different regions/conferences so it doesn’t provide them with a good point of reference to say “x school” is ranked above them, and c) students suggested that doing rankings promotes competition at the detriment of the activity, and teachers have suggested that rankings promote elitism in Model UN. Our original purpose was to publicize the successes of teams and publicize MUN in general. We always read feedback and take it into consideration.

      • Colin Mark

        Thanks for the info!

        Will you be able to tell us which parts of the rankings are going to be released on what day?

      • Katie Margules

        As a member of a smaller team, it is always interesting to understand the lay of the land in the world of MUN. I appreciate the perspective.

        When should we expect the rest of the rankings?

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