Skip to comments.100 Best High Schools In America Ranked (Three Schools From Virginia Make Top 100)
Posted on 12/01/2007 10:49:31 AM PST by Cagey
WASHINGTON -- U.S. News & World Report says America's best high school is in Virginia, one of three to make it in the magazine's top 100.
The magazine's first-ever high school rankings give the top honor to Fairfax County's elite Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.
Using K-12 data research and analysis business run by Standard & Poor's, the magazine put high schools in 40 states through a three-step analysis. U.S. News and World measured how each school's students performed on state tests, adjusting for student circumstances. Then it evaluated how well each school's disadvantaged students did. Lastly, they looked at whether the school was successful in providing college-level coursework.
The magazine's analysis considered more than 18,500 high schools in 40 states.
Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, California International Baccalaureate Program
Polk County, Bartow, Florida Oxford Academy
Orange County, Cypress, California Montpelier High School
Washington County, Montpelier, Vermont Pine View School for Gifted
Sarasota County, Osprey, Florida High Technology High School
Monmouth County, Lincroft, New Jersey Design & Architectural Senior High
Miami-Dade County, Miami, Florida
Stanton College Preparatory Duval County, Jacksonville, Florida
Preuss School Ucsd San Diego County, La Jolla, California
Hidalgo High School Hidalgo County, Hidalgo, Texas
Gretchen Whitney High Los Angeles County, Cerritos, California
University High School Pima County, Tucson, Arizona
School For The Talented & Gifted Dallas County, Dallas, Texas
Stuyvesant High School New York County, New York, New York
Basis Tucson Pima County, Tucson, Arizona
International Community School King County, Kirkland, Washington
School Of Science & Engineering Dallas County, Dallas, Texas
Boston Latin Suffolk County, Boston, Massachusetts
Bronx High School Of Science School Bronx County, Bronx, New York
California Academy Of Mathematics And Science Los Angeles County, Carson, California
Staten Island Tech High School Richmond County, Staten Island, New York
The Science Academy Hidalgo County, Mercedes, Texas
Northside College Preparatory High School Cook County, Chicago, Illinois
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Junior School Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, Florida
Dr. Ronald McNair Academy High School Hudson County, Jersey City, New Jersey
Academic Magnet High School Charleston County, No. Charleston, South Carolina
Edgemont Junior-Senior High School Westchester County, Scarsdale, New York
Horace Greeley High School Westchester County, Chappaqua, New York
Paxon School/Advanced Studies Duval County, Jacksonville, Florida
Animo Leadership High Los Angeles County, Inglewood, California
Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet- Pearl High School Davidson County, Nashville, Tennessee
Highland Park High School Dallas County, Dallas, Texas
Thomas S. Wootton High Montgomery County, Rockville, Maryland
Maine School Of Science & Math Aroostook County, Limestone, Maine
University High Fresno County, Fresno, California
Langley High Fairfax County, Mclean, Virginia
Yes College Preparatory School-Southeast Harris County, Houston, Texas
Brooklyn Tech High School Kings County, Brooklyn, New York
Walt Whitman High Montgomery County, Bethesda, Maryland
Charter School Of Wilmington New Castle County, Wilmington, Delaware
Winston Churchill High Montgomery County, Potomac, Maryland
Great Neck South High School Nassau County, Great Neck, New York
Newport Senior High School King County, Bellevue, Washington
Townsend Harris High School Queens County, Flushing, New York
Payton College Preparatory High School Cook County, Chicago, Illinois
Peak To Peak Charter School Boulder County, Lafayette, Colorado
Indian Hill High School Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio
Mission San Jose High Alameda County, Fremont, California
City Honors School Erie County, Buffalo, New York
Suncoast Community High School Palm Beach County, Riviera Beach, Florida
Rye High School Westchester County, Rye, New York
Masterman Julia R Secondary School Philadelphia County, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
South Texas Business Education & Technology Academy Hidalgo County, Edinburg, Texas
Scarsdale Senior High School Westchester County, Scarsdale, New York
Northland Preparatory Academy Coconino County, Flagstaff, Arizona
Brighton High School Monroe County, Rochester, New York
Jericho Senior High School Nassau County, Jericho, New York
Monta Vista High Santa Clara County, Cupertino, California
Weston High Middlesex County, Weston, Massachusetts
Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California
D'Evelyn Senior High School Jefferson County, Golden, Colorado
New World School Of The Arts Miami-Dade County, Miami, Florida
High School For Health Professions Hidalgo County, Mercedes, Texas
Dover-Sherborn Regional High Norfolk County, Dover, Massachusetts
Henry M. Gunn High Santa Clara County, Palo Alto, California
Young Magnet High School Cook County, Chicago, Illinois
Piedmont High Alameda County, Piedmont, California
Lowell High San Francisco County, San Francisco, California
Wellesley Senior High Norfolk County, Wellesley, Massachusetts
Cold Spring Harbor High School Suffolk County, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
Saratoga High Santa Clara County, Saratoga, California
Lynbrook High Santa Clara County, San Jose, California
New Explorations Science, Tech & Math New York County, New York, New York
Blind Brook High School Westchester County, Rye Brook, New York
University High Orange County, Irvine, California
Adlai E Stevenson High School Lake County, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Manhasset Senior High School Nassau County, Manhasset, New York
Conestoga Senior High School Chester County, Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, California
Wyoming High School Hamilton County, Wyoming, Ohio
San Marino High Los Angeles County, San Marino, California
Walnut Hills High School Hamilton County, Cincinnati, Ohio
Davidson Magnet School Richmond County, Augusta, Georgia
Palo Alto High Santa Clara County, Palo Alto, California
Signature School Inc. Vanderburgh County, Evansville, Indiana
Debakey High School For Health Professions Harris County, Houston, Texas
Oakton High Fairfax County, Vienna, Virginia
Palos Verdes Peninsula High Los Angeles County, Rolling Hills Estates, California
Lincoln Park High School Cook County, Chicago, Illinois
Irvington High School Westchester County, Irvington, New York
Chagrin Falls High School Cuyahoga County, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Palos Verdes High Los Angeles County, Palos Verdes Estates, California
Princeton High Mercer County, Princeton, New Jersey
La Canada High Los Angeles County, La Canada, California
Carnegie Vanguard High School Harris County, Houston, Texas
Millburn Senior High Essex County, Millburn, New Jersey
Malibu High Los Angeles County, Malibu, California
Media And Technology Charter School Suffolk County, Boston, Massachusetts
Jones College Prep High School Cook County, Chicago, Illinois
there are actually 6 in the top 100 from the suburban DC area— both MD and VA.
also, they only looked at public high schools.
My self esteem is shattered, I sue.
I'm still amazed to this day how I got into this high school.
I know I messed up on the entrance exam.
I don’t know why the editor or author made an issue out of three from Virginia being in the top 100. I counted 18 being in New York.
TJ at the top - no surprise. That is a drop-dead excellent school. My younger daughter came within a hair of going there but we just couldn’t justify the 2 hour trip each way. It was a tough call. I have a friend whose son is doing the trip. Graduate from TJ and you can pretty much pick your college.
Probably because number 1 is in Virginia.
Good point and it also states that US News and World Report evaluated high schools in only 40 states.
a number of states did not participate, they didn’t give their scores to the magazine. I think this may have slightly more valdity than those “best places to live” lists.
My HS was ranked #143. It’s in MD.
Odd to me that test-to-get-in magnet high schools would be grouped with other high schools in this survey as they would have a natural advantage. But I didn’t read the survey methodology, so maybe I should...
The 6 schools are all in the immediate DC suburbs. i live in Northern VA and my kids attend private schools. i think it is a testament to the strength of the education in this area that the private schools are all extremely competitive, given the excellence of the public education here. are the 18 NY schools all in the NYC area?
the second step determined whether the school's least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) were performing better than average for similar students in the state. We compared each school's math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students with the statewide results for these disadvantaged student groups and then selected schools that were performing better than this state average.So if you locale doesn't have any "disadvantaged" students your local school is disqualified from being "judged nationally." How absurd!
Schools that made it through those first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step: college-readiness ...
No such school exists. However, there is an International Baccalaureate School in Bartow, FL which ranks as third.
The list needs a html break between "California" and "International" to properly represent the school in Bartow.
My daughter is a senior there.
It appears several of the listing are not correct, and I've checked several of the sources of this list and they are all incorrect. You would think somebody would have spotted this earlier.
Sixteen are. The other two are in Western New York State.
Is there more to that, or did you just get an inspiration to plug Virginia?
Boston Latin (exam school)
Wellesley and Weston (extremely wealthy areas outside Boston)