High Schools are doing it right

If you’re interested in what high schools are doing right nowadays, check out the U.S. News best high schools rankings by state. From Alabama to Wyoming, this comprehensive report features the best Chart, Magnet, STEM and public schools and has the latest complete statistics by the numbers, including numbers of high schools in each district, full-time teachers and students enrolled.

From west to east, here are representative reports on what public high schools are doing well:


Whitney High School in Cerritos, Ca., is the state’s top-rated public general admission high school. It ranks sixth in the state (there are five non-public schools ahead of it) and number 31 in the nation. With a college readiness index of 96, this small city high school has a high minority enrolment (96% of 1,022 students). This high school offers its students a variety of Advanced Placement classes that include computer science and physics.


Carnegie Vanguard High School in Houston ranks number 3 in the state and 33 nationally. This public high school offers its student an Advanced Placement curriculum and its students consistently surpass the state and national averages on the SAT and ACT exams. Placing a strong emphasis on community service and involvement, Carnegie Vanguard requires its students to do 100 hours of community service as a graduation prerequisite.


Aspen High School is the number 1 ranked high school in the state and has a national ranking of 59. The only high school in the mountain community of Aspen, its students can take Baccalaureate coursework and exams. Their participation rate in that program is 85 percent. Not surprisingly, Aspen High School enjoys a high 84.2 percent in the college readiness index.


Clayton High School is ranked number 2 in Missouri and 136 nationally. This public high school offers Advanced Placement coursework and exams and has a minority population of 33 percent.


Suncoast Community High School in Riviera Beach, Fl., ranks number 3 in the state and number 28 nationally. This public high school has magnet programs in computer science, interdisciplinary, the International Baccalaureate, and programs in math, science and engineering. Students at Suncoast can earn college Advanced Placement diplomas as well as earn certification in a variety of software and hardware computer programs.


The standout high school in Virginia has to be the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Ranked number 1 in the state and number 2 nationally, this outstanding high school has a STEM-focused curriculum with 13 research laboratories, cultural groups and a variety of athletics.  With an astonishing 100% proficiency in reading, geometry and college readiness rating, their 1,792-student body has a 50 percent minority enrolment.

New York

South Side High School in Rockville Centre, N.Y., is ranked number 3 in the state and 22 nationally. Students can excel in the honors, Advanced Placement and Baccalaureate programs.  Its college readiness index is a perfect 100 percent.

And the winner is…

The number 1 high school in the nation is the Dallas, Texas, School for the Talented and Gifted. This is a Magnet School and its admission requirements are rigorous. Their enrolment cap is 260 students with classes of 65 at each grade level. Given their somewhat elite student base (but with a 50 percent minority enrolment), it is not surprising that its proficiency level in test scores ranks off the charts.

So, despite the trials, tribulations and warehousing woes of many of our public high schools, there are dedicated teachers and achieving students out there. The country is blessed with many high schools that are doing it right and getting the next generation of citizens ready to cope in the increasingly complex world of the 21st century.