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Nobody Does it Better: The Top Public High Schools in the Country

The best high schools in America

Newsweek's annual survey on the top American high schools has just been released

Does high school really prepare kids for college — and life? Some of them do, and some of them do it much, much better than others.

For more than a decade, Newsweek has been ranking the top public high schools in America, and this year they changed their methodology in hopes of highlighting solutions to problems (inspired by Waiting for ‘Supeman’) like cash-strapped districts, No Child Left Behind mandates and parent and student stress.

The new ranking criteria had six components: graduation rate (25%), college matriculation rate (25%), and AP tests taken per graduate (25%), plus average SAT/ACT scores (10%), average AP/IB scores (10%), and AP courses offered per graduate (5%).

More than 1,100 of the top public high schools across the country supplied internal data to Newsweek for the survey. Five hundred schools landed on the list. Here’s a look at best of the best:

 


  • School of Science and Engineering Magnet 1 of 5
    School of Science and Engineering Magnet
    Located in Dallas, it ranked No. 1 in Newsweek's survey. The student/teacher ratio is 21.0, graduation rate is 100 percent, college bound students are 100 percent, and the average SAT score is 1786.
  • School for the Talented and Gifted Magnet 2 of 5
    School for the Talented and Gifted Magnet
    Also in Dallas, the student/teacher ratio is 15.0, graduation rate is 100 percent, college bound students are 93 percent, and the average SAT score is 1885.
  • BASIS Tucson 3 of 5
    BASIS Tucson
    The student/teacher ratio is 12.0, the graduation rate is 100 percent, college bound students are 96 percent, and the average SAT score is 1854.
  • Stanton College Preparatory 4 of 5
    Stanton College Preparatory
    Located in Jacksonville, Fla., the student/teacher ratio is 22.0, the graduation rate is 99 percent, college bound students are 99 percent, and the average SAT score is 1864.
  • Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science 5 of 5
    Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science
    Located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the student teacher ratio is 19.0, graduation rate is 100 percent, college bound students are 100 percent and the average SAT score is 2053. For the full list of the top 500 public high schools, go to Newsweek.com

 

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