Criteria for selecting the schools
The research leading up to the publication of the 100 Best High Schools in Africa began with the launching of the website in December 2000.
Chief of all questions in the research process was this: which schools impart real knowledge and ability in their students, skills that translate directly into later success?
Why is it that students who pass with high grades do not always achieve spectacularly in the professional fields?
The main criteria used by Africa Almanac were, in order of importance:
1) The strength and active reach of the old boys and old girls associations and networks of the schools, especially as they act through re-unions, financial donations to the school, and alumni websites and newsletters.
2) The profile of the school, especially in terms of academic excellence and/ or its success in extracurricular activity, particularly sports and the performing arts. This would be obvious for a school to be regarded as successful, especially where it performs well both in academic and extracurricular disciplines.
3) The presence and visibility of the school on the Internet, in such areas as the maintenance of a website or some form of user group and chat room. Good schools of the 21st century would, as a matter of course, have made some strides toward acquiring some form of Internet presence.
4) The presence of the school in the news and its tendency to attract news coverage on radio, television, magazine articles, and newspaper news stories and features.
5) The reputation, achievements, and high profile of the school’s current and past students. The rationale would be that the crowning achievement of a school — its very reason for being — is to produce students and alumni who impact society in a meaningful way.