Daily Beast Releases List of America's Best High Schools


In a few short months my son will begin kindergarten. It’s something he has been looking forward to all year and I’m excited for him, but I’m also nervous. Education is a top priority in our family. We try to fuel his desire to learn and we want to make sure he is in the best possible environment to do so. In the last few months, with the introduction of outside educators and full days spent in a classroom creeping closer, we have begun discussing what the ideal environment would look like for our son.

There’s a lot to be said when debating the pros and cons of public or private school. My husband and I research both and ultimately decided that the public schools in our area, as they are at present, will be a good fit for our 5-year-old.

We will continue to re-evaluate as he progresses through elementary, middle, and eventually to high school, but the whole process left me wondering what criteria a school should meet in order to be considered top notch.

Recently, The Daily Beast released a timely list of the 1,000 best public high school in America. These are the schools that have proven to be the most effective in preparing students for college. The list was compiled based on six components: graduation rate, college matriculation rate, advanced placement tests taken per student and their average scores, average SAT/ACT scores, and the number of advanced placement courses taken per student.

Topping the list is The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Bowling Green, Kentucky, followed by the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas, and Basis Scottsdale in Scottsdale Arizona.

The Daily Beast has provided a great search functionality with their list to allow users to easily determine what schools in their area, if any, made the cut.

Unfortunately, our local high school is not on the list, but we have a while before we have to worry about high school. Did your child’s school make the cut?

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