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  • Best public high school in every state

    As the world continues to grow ever more intellectually advanced, so do the quality of academics even at the earliest levels. According to research from the University of Virginia, 31 percent of teachers held the belief that children should learn to read by kindergarten, while 80 percent shared this philosophy when the question was asked in 2010. Since many parents see their children’s first taste of formal education as a “make-or-break gauntlet” bound to define the course of their child’s academic rollercoaster, it stands to reason that this stress could only be amplified when it comes to choosing a high school, the time in a young person’s life when they are incredibly susceptible to emotional, physical, and psychological changes.

    According to the College Board, the average all-in 4-year cost of sending a child to university is approximately $129,000, a figure so staggeringly large that parents of all income levels are constantly scrambling to find new ways to save. One of the best and most obvious ways to do that is by avoiding the astronomically high tuition and fees mandated by private and boarding high schools, and instead opting for some of the best free public schools the nation has to offer.

    In seeking to keep the decision-making process as local as possible for parents, Stacker referenced Niche data in order to list the best public high school in every state. For the purposes of this story, only traditional public high schools were taken into consideration, meaning the likes of charter schools, magnet schools, or any lottery-based or admission-based schools are not included in the slideshow.


    Read on and consider sending your child to the best public school in your home state!

  • Alabama: Mountain Brook High School

    Number of students: 1,073; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    Math proficiency: 70%; Reading proficiency: 63%

    Average graduation rate: 98%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A-

  • Alaska: West High School

    Number of students: 1,880; Student-teacher ratio: 22:1
    Math proficiency: 24%; Reading proficiency: 30%

    Average graduation rate: 87%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Academics grade: A-
    Clubs & activities grade: B

  • Arizona: Arizona College Prep Erie Campus

    Number of students: 594; Student-teacher ratio: 20:1
    Math proficiency: 86%; Reading proficiency: 80%

    Average graduation rate: 90%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: B

  • Arkansas: Fayetteville High School East

    Number of students: 2,764; Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
    Math proficiency: 40%; Reading proficiency: 61%

    Average graduation rate: 87%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A
    Clubs & activities grade: A

  • California: Canyon Crest Academy

    Number of students: 2,255; Student-teacher ratio: 26:1
    Math proficiency: 80%; Reading proficiency: 92%

    Average graduation rate: 99%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

  • Colorado: Cherry Creek High School

    Number of students: 3,499; Student-teacher ratio: 21:1
    Math proficiency: 70%; Reading proficiency: 72%

    Average graduation rate: 93%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A+

  • Connecticut: Staples High School

    Number of students: 1,885; Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
    Math proficiency: 76%; Reading proficiency: 91%

    Average graduation rate: 99%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A+

  • Delaware: Concord High School

    Number of students: 1,126; Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
    Math proficiency: 47%; Reading proficiency: 70%

    Average graduation rate: 90%
    Overall Niche grade: A
    Academics grade: B+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

  • Florida: Pine View School

    Number of students: 2,175; Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
    Math proficiency: 99%; Reading proficiency: 99%

    Average graduation rate: 95%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: B

  • Georgia: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology

    Number of students: 966; Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
    Math proficiency: 96%; Reading proficiency: 97%

    Average graduation rate: 95%
    Overall Niche grade: A+
    Academics grade: A+
    Clubs & activities grade: A

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