The Top 150 High School Model United Nations Teams in North America from the 2017-2018 School Year

Top 150 Model UN teams in North America for 2017-2018 included (clockwise from top left): Langley High School, The Dalton School, McLean High School, and Mira Costa High School

As the school year has come to a close and summer is in full swing, we want to review the Top 150 High School Model UN Teams that participated at North American Model United Nations conferences in the 2017-2018 school year. Through hard work across the most advanced Model UN conferences, these schools have demonstrated that they are some of the best Model UN teams in the world!

Methodology and Disclaimer

Recognition as one of the Top 150 North American Model UN teams is based solely on travel team performance at the most advanced conferences held in the United States and Canada during the 2017-2018 school year. This list does not capture other definitions of success, such as conference organizing or civic engagement, and therefore is not a list of the Top 150 Model UN programs in North America — many programs focus on other aspects of learning in Model UN beyond just winning awards at MUN conferences.

The list of advanced conferences consists of multi-day conferences that are typically attended by at least 500 delegates and give out school or individual awards. Teams that received the top four school delegation awards (e.g. Best Large, Outstanding Large, Best Small, Outstanding Small) at these conferences made the list. Results from conferences that gave out different types of delegation awards (e.g. Award of Distinction, Best Medium, etc.) were converted at Best Delegate’s discretion for approximation to top four. Teams that performed well at the most advanced conferences (those with 1,500+ delegates) were also included if their weighted awards score was higher than the Best Small Delegation award winner’s weighted score or if the conference only gave out individual awards.  

We can only use data that is provided to us by conferences. We reached out to a list of 60 conferences that we considered to be at the most advanced level in North America, and we received or found data for 46 of them. Conferences that submitted full or partial awards data or had publicly available delegation award winners included: AmeriMUNC, AMUN, BMUN, BosMUN, BruinMUN, CIMUN, CMUNC, CMUNCE, CTMUN, DartMUN, EagleMUNC, GatorMUN, GCIMUN, GTMUN, HAMUN, HMUN, ILMUNC, Indiana MUNC, JHUMUNC, LAIMUN, McKenna MUN, MITMUNC, MSUMUN, MUN at Illinois, MUNSA, MUNUC, NAIMUN, NHSMUN, NUMUN, ODUMUNC, PMUNC, RUMUN, SCMUN, SCVMUN, SMUNC, SSUNS, Surf City MUN, SWFLMUN, TritonMUN, UTMUN, VUMUN, WAMUNC, WIMUN, WMHSMUN, WUMUNS, and YMUN. Special thanks go to Media Editor Elaine Miao and Media Team Editor-in-Chief Richard Zhao for their extremely hard work in sourcing awards data. Thank you to Best Delegate Co-Founder Kevin Felix Chan for executing the data tabulation.

If your school is not listed in the Top 150 but won a delegation award during the 2017-2018 school year at a North American conference of 500+ delegates, feel free to email us a photo of your delegation award and we can retroactively add you to this list if the award qualifies for the criteria above. All photos, questions, and comments should be sent to conna@nullbestdelegate.com.

The list may be updated to include more than 150 teams as we can add missing data after the article has been published but will not removed schools listed from the initial published list. All decisions regarding the list are final.


 

The Top 150 Model UN Teams in North America

The list of Top 150 Model UN Teams in North America is sorted into seven geographic regions for easier viewing: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, South, West, Canada, and International. We also recognized the Top 25 and Top 50 Model UN teams within the overall Top 150 list due to their exceptional performances at the most advanced conferences. All lists are in alphabetical order

Top 150: Northeast Region

The Northeast Region consists of the top performing schools from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont that participated in our list of advanced conferences in the US and Canada.

All-American MUN (MA)
Beaver Country Day School (MA)
Brookline High School (MA)
Burr & Burton Academy (VT)
Hillcrest High School (NY)
Horace Mann School (NY)
Kennebunk High School (ME)
Lexington High School (MA)
Loomis Chaffee School (CT)
Manlius Pebble Hill School (NY)
Milton Academy (MA)
Oceanside High School (NY)
Phillips Academy Andover (MA)
Phillips Exeter Academy (NH)
Red Hook High School (NY)
Sharon High School (MA)
St. John’s High School (MA)
St. Paul’s School (NH)
The Beacon School (NY)
The Bronx High School of Science (NY)
The Commonwealth School (MA)
The Dalton School (NY)
The Hotchkiss School (CT)
The Masters School (NY)
The Spence School (NY)
Thomas A. Edison CTE High School (NY)
United Nations International School (NY)
Woodstock Academy (CT)

Top 150: Mid-Atlantic Region

The Mid-Atlantic Region consists of the top performing schools from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington DC, and West Virginia that participated in our list of advanced conferences in the US and Canada.

Bayonne High School (NJ)
Bergen County Academies (NJ)
Cape Henry Collegiate (VA)
East Brunswick High School (NJ)
George C. Marshall High School (VA)
Georgetown Day School (DC)
HB Woodlawn High School (VA)
Henrico High School (VA)
J.P. Stevens High School (NJ)
Langley High School (VA)
McLean High School (VA)
Osbourn High School (VA)
Poolsville High School (MD)
Princeton Day School (NJ)
Princeton High School (NJ)
Radnor High School (PA)
School Without Walls (DC)
St. Albans School (DC)
Tabb High School (VA)
The Lawrenceville School (NJ)
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (VA)
West Windsor Plainsboro High School North (NJ)
West Windsor Plainsboro High School South (NJ)
Wootton High School (MD)

Top 150: South Region

The South Region consists of the top performing schools from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas that participated in our list of advanced conferences in the US and Canada.

American Heritage School Plantation (FL)
Archimedean Upper Conservatory (FL)
Belen Jesuit High School (FL)
Bishop Verot Catholic High School (FL)
Canterbury School (FL)
Cape Coral High School (FL)
Centennial High School (GA)
Cypress Bay High School (FL)
Glynn Academy (GA)
Gulf Coast High School (FL)
Gulliver Preparatory (FL)
Hilton Head Preparatory (SC)
Lake Travis High School (TX)
Liberal Arts and Sciences Academy (TX)
Meridian World School (TX)
Oxbridge Academy (FL)
Pine View School (FL)
Port Charlotte High School (FL)
Pulaski Academy (AR)
Richland Northeast High School (SC)
The Village School (TX)
West Broward High School (FL)
Westlake High School (TX)

Top 150: Midwest Region

The Midwest Region consists of the top performing schools from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin that participated in our list of advanced conferences in the US and Canada.

Adlai E. Stevenson High School (IL)
Beachwood High School (OH)
Bloomfield Hills High School (MI)
Carl Sandburg High School (IL)
Cincinnati Country Day (OH)
Collegiate Academy (OH)
Culver Academies (IN)
Deerfield High School (IL)
Detroit Country Day School (MI)
Edina High School (MN)
Glenbrook North High School (IL)
Glenbrook South High School (IL)
Highland Park High School (IL)
Liberty North High School (MO)
Lyons Township High School (IL)
Miami Valley School (OH)
Middleton High School (WI)
Rochelle Zell Jewish High School (IL)
Solon High School (OH)
St. Ignatius College Prep (IL)
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH)
University of Chicago Lab School (IL)
University of Illinois Laboratory High School (IL)
Walter Payton College Prep High School (IL)
William Fremd High School (IL)
Wyoming High School (OH)
Zionsville Community High School (IN)

Top 150: West Region

The West Region consists of the top performing schools from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming that participated in our list of advanced conferences in the US and Canada.

Calabasas High School (CA)
California High School (San Ramon, CA)
Cerritos High School (CA)
Claremont High School (CA)
Edison High School (Huntington Beach, CA)
El Camino High School (CA)
Foothill High School (Pleasanton, CA)
Gahr High School (CA)
Granada Hills Charter High School (CA)
Henry M. Gunn High School (CA)
Huntington Beach High School (CA)
La Jolla Country Day School (CA)
Laguna Beach High School (CA)
Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (CA)
Marymount High School (CA)
Mira Costa High School (CA)
Monta Vista High School (CA)
Mountain View High School (Mesa, AZ)
New West Charter High School (CA)
OC MUN Club (CA)
Pacific Ridge High School (CA)
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (CA)
Santa Margarita Catholic High School (CA)
Santa Teresa High School (CA)
The Harker School (CA)
Torrey Pines High School (CA)
University High School (Irvine, CA)
Woodside Priory School (CA)

Top 150: Canada

The Canada list consists of top performing schools from Canada that participated in our list of advanced conferences in the US and Canada. The BC region is notably missing since awards data was not available for VMUN or CAHSMUN. 

Crescent School (ON)
John Abbott College (QC)
Marianopolis College (QC)
Selwyn House School (QC)
Sir Winston Churchill High School (AB)
The Study (QC)
University of Toronto School (ON)
Upper Canada College (ON)
Ursula Franklin Academy (ON)
Western Canada High School (AB)

Top 150: International

The International Schools list consists of top performing schools from outside of the US and Canada that participated in our list of advanced conferences in the US and Canada. The list does not reflect the schools’ performances at conferences that took place outside of North America, nor does it represent a list of all top international schools since the vast majority of them attend conferences held outside the US and Canada. 

Academia Merici (Venezuela)
Buckswood International School Tbilisi (Georgia)
Colegio Cumbres (Colombia)
Colegio Episcopal de Panama (Panama)
Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Peru)
Colegio Integral el Avila (Venezuela)
Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, Caracas (Venezuela)
Ecole Jeannine Manuel (France)
Gynamsium Bondenwald (Germany)
Institution Notre-Dame de Sainte-Croix (France)
Instituto Andes (Venezuela)
Instituto Kipling Morelia (Mexico)
Jayshree Periwal International School (India)
Karachi Grammar School (Pakistan)
Lycée Franco-Libanais Nahr Ibrahim (Lebanon)
Markham College (Peru)
Northlands School (Argentina)
St. George’s British International School (Italy)
The Cathedral and John Connon School (India)
United Schools of Peru (Peru)
USFQ (Ecuador)


 

Top 25 Overall

The Top 25 Overall recognizes teams with the highest level of performance at the most advanced conferences. The average team on this list won three Best Large or Outstanding Large delegation awards at the 46 advanced conferences on our list. The minimum level of qualification this year was winning the Best Large Delegation award or two Small Delegation awards at the most advanced conferences (1,500+ delegates). All Top 25 teams are also included in the Top 150 and are listed in alphabetical order.

Adlai E. Stevenson High School (IL)
American Heritage School Plantation (FL)
Bergen County Academies (NJ)
Cerritos High School (CA)
Glenbrook South High School (IL)
Gulf Coast High School (FL)
Horace Mann School (NY)
Huntington Beach High School (CA)
J.P. Stevens High School (NJ)
Langley High School (VA)
Loomis Chaffee School (CT)
McLean High School (VA)
Mira Costa High School (CA)
Princeton Day School (NJ)
St. Ignatius College Prep (IL)
The Beacon School (NY)
The Dalton School (NY)
The Village School (TX)
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology (VA)
University of Chicago Lab School (IL)
Upper Canada College (ON, Canada)
West Windsor Plainsboro High School North (NJ)
West Windsor Plainsboro High School South (NJ)
Woodstock Academy (CT)
Wootton High School (MD)

Top 50 Overall

The Top 50 Overall recognizes teams with the next highest level of performance at the most advanced conferences. The minimum level of qualification this year was winning the Outstanding Large Delegation award or Best Small Delegation award or placing within the top four teams in weighted score at the most advanced conferences (1,500+ delegates). We then selected a few schools that won multiple delegation awards at the next largest of the 46 advanced conferences. All Top 50 teams are also included in the Top 150 and are listed in alphabetical order.

All-American MUN (MA)
Bayonne High School (NJ)
Beaver Country Day School (MA)
Calabasas High School (CA)
Carl Sandburg High School (IL)
Colegio Integral el Avila (Venezuela)
Deerfield High School (IL)
Ecole Jeannine Manuel (France)
George C. Marshall High School (VA)
Granada Hills Charter High School (CA)
Highland Park High School (IL)
Hillcrest High School (NY)
Instituto Andes (Venezuela)
Monta Vista High School (CA)
OC MUN Club (CA)
Pine View School (FL)
Richland Northeast High School (SC)
Rochelle Zell Jewish High School (IL)
Santa Margarita Catholic High School (CA)
Santa Teresa High School (CA)
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH)
The Cathedral and John Connon School (India)
The Harker School (CA)
United Schools of Peru (Peru)
University High School (Irvine, CA)

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Congratulations to all the teams on the list! We hope everyone has a great summer break and we look forward to seeing all the teams in the 2018-2019 school year! 

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