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Best public high schools in America

As filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron once said during a commencement address at Wellesley College in 1996, “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” If that’s the case, high school may be one of the greatest dress rehearsals of all.

It’s a place where students explore their interests, dive into extracurricular activities, finally get the freedom to choose their own classes, and prepare for college or the workplace. For many of these students and their families, public education is key: 50.7 million students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in 2018; and there are about 24,000 public high schools in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

For many anxious parents, getting their kid into the best of these public high schools is of the utmost importance. Some families even move homes to get into better school districts. However, among all of these thousands of schools, a few stand out for their academic excellence, incredible track records, and the future success of their young students.

Find out how the 100 best public high schools in the country stack up against each other. This Stacker ranking is derived from Niche’s list of the best public high schools, updated in March 2019, which they base on statistics, reviews, and other data from the U.S. Department of Education. Here’s how it breaks down: Niche uses eight factors for their rankings, with each factor given a different weight. A whopping 60% of the score is based on academics and grades, which is calculated using state assessment proficiency tests, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses. From there, culture and diversity, parent and student surveys on their overall experiences, and teachers each contribute to 10% of the score. Finally, scores for each school’s clubs and activities, health and safety, resources and facilities, and sports constitute 2.5% each.

Read on to find out which public high schools are determined to be the best in the nation.

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#100. Baccalaureate School for Global Education

- Location: Long Island City, NY
- Grades offered: 43658
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
- Students enrolled: 515
- AP enrollment: data not available
- Racial diversity: 31.1% White, 2.7% Black, 45.8% Asian, 16.5% Hispanic, 3.5% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander

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#99. Staples High School

- Location: Westport, CT
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
- Students enrolled: 1,853
- AP enrollment: 36%
- Racial diversity: 86.4% White, 2.1% Black, 5.8% Asian, 5.0% Hispanic, 0.8% Multiracial, 0.0% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander

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#98. University High School

- Location: Tucson, AZ
- Grades offered: 8-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 22:1
- Students enrolled: 1,096
- AP enrollment: 100%
- Racial diversity: 45.9% White, 1.5% Black, 8.4% Asian, 36.7% Hispanic, 7.3% Multiracial, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#97. Dublin Jerome High School

- Location: Dublin, OH
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
- Students enrolled: 1,667
- AP enrollment: 40%
- Racial diversity: 72.8% White, 1.2% Black, 21.1% Asian, 1.6% Hispanic, 3.3% Multiracial, 0.0% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#96. Lane Tech College Prep High School

- Location: Chicago, IL
- Grades offered: 7-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 21:1
- Students enrolled: 4,194
- AP enrollment: 73%
- Racial diversity: 36.7% White, 8.2% Black, 10.9% Asian, 41.1% Hispanic, 2.6% Multiracial, 0.3% Native American, 0.2% Pacific Islander

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#95. Carroll Senior High School

- Location: Southlake, TX
- Grades offered: 11-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
- Students enrolled: 1,381
- AP enrollment: 59%
- Racial diversity: 75.5% White, 2.8% Black, 10.1% Asian, 8.0% Hispanic, 3.1% Multiracial, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#94. BASIS Ahwatukee

- Location: Phoenix, AZ
- Grades offered: 3-12
- School type: public, charter
- Student-teacher ratio: data not available
- Students enrolled: 755
- AP enrollment: 100%
- Racial diversity: 36.8% White, 4.2% Black, 47.8% Asian, 6.9% Hispanic, 3.3% Multiracial, 0.7% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander

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#93. Carnegie Vanguard High School

- Location: Houston, TX
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 21:1
- Students enrolled: 637
- AP enrollment: 100%
- Racial diversity: 30.0% White, 8.9% Black, 25.3% Asian, 32.3% Hispanic, 3.3% Multiracial, 0.2% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander

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#92. Herricks High School

- Location: New Hyde Park, NY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
- Students enrolled: 1,294
- AP enrollment: 56%
- Racial diversity: 35.0% White, 0.5% Black, 57.7% Asian, 6.3% Hispanic, 0.4% Multiracial, 0.0% Native American, 0.2% Pacific Islander

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#91. William Fremd High School

- Location: Palatine, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 2,687
- AP enrollment: 35%
- Racial diversity: 60.5% White, 1.9% Black, 25.8% Asian, 9.3% Hispanic, 2.4% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander

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#90. Lexington High School

- Location: Lexington, MA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
- Students enrolled: 2,185
- AP enrollment: 22%
- Racial diversity: 52.4% White, 3.5% Black, 36.2% Asian, 3.6% Hispanic, 4.2% Multiracial, 0.0% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander

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#89. A.D. Henderson University School & FAU High School

- Location: Boca Raton, FL
- Grades offered: K-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 21:1
- Students enrolled: 1,135
- AP enrollment: data not available
- Racial diversity: 42.7% White, 15.0% Black, 10.5% Asian, 26.1% Hispanic, 5.1% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 0.2% Pacific Islander

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#88. Deerfield High School

- Location: Deerfield, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 1,633
- AP enrollment: 37%
- Racial diversity: 88.6% White, 0.6% Black, 3.4% Asian, 4.3% Hispanic, 2.9% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander

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#87. San Marino High School

- Location: San Marino, CA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 20:1
- Students enrolled: 1,119
- AP enrollment: 35%
- Racial diversity: 24.9% White, 0.7% Black, 61.4% Asian, 7.6% Hispanic, 5.0% Multiracial, 0.0% Native American, 0.4% Pacific Islander

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#86. Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

- Location: Rolling Hills Estates, CA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 25:1
- Students enrolled: 2,426
- AP enrollment: 46%
- Racial diversity: 40.1% White, 3.1% Black, 40.7% Asian, 10.8% Hispanic, 4.9% Multiracial, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#85. Neuqua Valley High School

- Location: Naperville, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 3,698
- AP enrollment: 34%
- Racial diversity: 58.2% White, 5.4% Black, 25.7% Asian, 6.8% Hispanic, 3.4% Multiracial, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#84. Manhasset Secondary School

- Location: Manhasset, NY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
- Students enrolled: 1,157
- AP enrollment: 47%
- Racial diversity: 70.6% White, 2.2% Black, 20.4% Asian, 5.2% Hispanic, 1.6% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#83. Downingtown STEM Academy

- Location: Downingtown, PA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 791
- AP enrollment: data not available
- Racial diversity: 71.9% White, 1.5% Black, 22.3% Asian, 3.2% Hispanic, 1.1% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#82. Solon High School

- Location: Solon, OH
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
- Students enrolled: 1,646
- AP enrollment: 47%
- Racial diversity: 62.3% White, 16.2% Black, 15.1% Asian, 2.6% Hispanic, 3.7% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#81. Maine School of Science & Mathematics

- Location: Limestone, ME
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 8:1
- Students enrolled: 145
- AP enrollment: 52%
- Racial diversity: 85.5% White, 0.7% Black, 9% Asian, 0.7% Hispanic, 3.4% Multiracial, 0.7% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#80. Radnor Senior High School

- Location: Radnor, PA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student teacher ratio: 13:1
- Students enrolled: 1,190
- AP enrollment: 83%
- Racial diversity: 75.2% White, 6.4% Black, 14.7% Asian, 3.5% Hispanic, 0.2% Multiracial, 0.0% Native American, 0.0% Pacific Islander

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#79. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South

- Location: West Windsor, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 1,597
- AP enrollment: 37%
- Racial diversity: 28.2% White, 4.8% Black, 60.9% Asian, 5% Hispanic, 0.9% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#78. California Academy of Mathematics & Science

- Location: Carson, CA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 28:1
- Students enrolled: 683
- AP enrollment: 56%
- Racial diversity: 7.8% White, 12.4% Black, 32.9% Asian, 40.6% Hispanic, 5% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 1.2% Pacific Islander

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#77. Winston Churchill High School

- Location: Potomac, MD
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
- Students enrolled: 2,088
- AP enrollment: 64%
- Racial diversity: 53.6% White, 8.0% Black, 24.9% Asian, 8.2% Hispanic, 5.1% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#76. Syosset Senior High School

- Location: Syosset, NY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 10:1
- Students enrolled: 2,084
- AP enrollment: 65%
- Racial diversity: 63.7% White, 0.6% Black, 31.3% Asian, 3% Hispanic, 1.1% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#75. New Trier Township High School

- Location: Winnetka, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 4,057
- AP enrollment: 27%
- Racial diversity: 85.4% White, 0.6% Black, 7.4% Asian, 3.9% Hispanic, 2.7% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#74. The Early College at Guilford

- Location: Greensboro, NC
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 25:1
- Students enrolled: 199
- AP enrollment: 54%
- Racial diversity: 43.2% White, 7.5% Black, 42.7% Asian, 3.5% Hispanic, 3% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#73. Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities

- Location: Muncie, IN
- Grades offered: 10-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 10:1
- Students enrolled: 330
- AP enrollment: 63%
- Racial diversity: 73.0% White, 4.2% Black, 13.6% Asian, 5.2% Hispanic, 3.6% Multiracial, 0.3% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#72. Scarsdale Senior High School

- Location: Scarsdale, NY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
- Students enrolled: 1,517
- AP enrollment: data not available
- Racial diversity: 69.4% White, 1.1% Black, 16.6% Asian, 7.6% Hispanic, 5.1% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#71. Blue Valley North High School

- Location: Overland Park, KS
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
- Students enrolled: 1,589
- AP enrollment: 44%
- Racial diversity: 70.9% White, 5.6% Black, 12.5% Asian, 6.3% Hispanic, 4.2% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#70. West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School

- Location: West Lafayette, IN
- Grades offered: 7-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 1,114
- AP enrollment: 34%
- Racial diversity: 60.5% White, 5.9% Black, 22.2% Asian, 5.3% Hispanic, 5.7% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#69. Clayton High School

- Location: Clayton, MO
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 11:1
- Students enrolled: 867
- AP enrollment: 33%
- Racial diversity: 60.9% White, 21.6% Black, 11.9% Asian, 3.8% Hispanic, 1.7% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#68. Troy High School

- Location: Troy, MI
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 1,981
- AP enrollment: 40%
- Racial diversity: 53.6% White, 4.4% Black, 35.8% Asian, 3% Hispanic, 3% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#67. BASIS Chandler

- Location: Chandler, AZ
- Grades offered: 5-12
- School type: public, charter
- Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
- Students enrolled: 897
- AP enrollment: 100%
- Racial diversity: 18.8% White, 1.7% Black, 73.6% Asian, 3.6% Hispanic, 1.8% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#66. Charter School of Wilmington

- Location: Wilmington, DE
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, charter
- Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
- Students enrolled: 971
- AP enrollment: 42%
- Racial diversity: 57.5% White, 6.3% Black, 30.9% Asian, 4% Hispanic, 0.7% Multiracial, 0.5% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#65. Libertyville High School

- Location: Libertyville, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 1,937
- AP enrollment: 37%
- Racial diversity: 81.6% White, 0.9% Black, 7.5% Asian, 7.3% Hispanic, 2.3% Multiracial, 0.3% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#64. Millburn Senior High School

- Location: Millburn, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
- Students enrolled: 1,457
- AP enrollment: 34%
- Racial diversity: 64.3% White, 1.8% Black, 24.6% Asian, 5.4% Hispanic, 3.9% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#63. Troy High School

- Location: Fullerton, CA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 29:1
- Students enrolled: 2,680
- AP enrollment: 53%
- Racial diversity: 17.9% White, 1.2% Black, 49.7% Asian, 25.8% Hispanic, 4.8% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Pacific Islander

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#62. DuPont Manual High School

- Location: Louisville, KY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 1,895
- AP enrollment: 81%
- Racial diversity: 64.2% White, 13.2% Black, 15.8% Asian, 4.1% Hispanic, 2.2% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander

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#61. Academic Magnet High School

- Location: North Charleston, SC
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 658
- AP enrollment: 65%
- Racial diversity: 81.3% White, 2.7% Black, 7.9% Asian, 4.7% Hispanic, 2.4% Multiracial, 0.8% Native American, 0.2% Pacific Islander

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#60. Vernon Hills High School

- Location: Vernon Hills, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 1,335
- AP enrollment: 33%
- Racial diversity: 60.5% White, 2.8% Black, 20.7% Asian, 14.4% Hispanic, 1.1% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander

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#59. BASIS Phoenix

- Location: Phoenix, AZ
- Grades offered: 5-12
- School type: public, charter
- Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
- Students enrolled: 781
- AP enrollment: 93%
- Racial diversity: 51.2% White, 2% Black, 38.4% Asian, 6.3% Hispanic, 1.5% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#58. Glenbrook North High School

- Location: Northbrook, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 2,010
- AP enrollment: 25%
- Racial diversity: 77.2% White, 0.5% Black, 14.4% Asian, 4.7% Hispanic, 3.1% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#57. Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

- Location: Oklahoma City, OK
- Grades offered: 11-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 6:1
- Students enrolled: 150
- AP enrollment: data not available
- Racial diversity: data not available

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#56. International Academy

- Location: Bloomfield Hills, MI
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: data not available
- Students enrolled: 1,371
- AP enrollment: data not available
- Racial diversity: 51% White, 3% Black, 39% Asian, 1% Hispanic, 2% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#55. BASIS Peoria

- Location: Peoria, AZ
- Grades offered: 5-12
- School type: public, charter
- Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
- Students enrolled: 772
- AP enrollment: 97%
- Racial diversity: 36% White, 3.6% Black, 52.7% Asian, 5.4% Hispanic, 1.7% Multiracial, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander

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#54. University of Illinois High School

- Location: Urbana, IL
- Grades offered: 8-12
- School type: public, alternative
- Student-teacher ratio: 24:1
- Students enrolled: 324
- AP enrollment: data not available
- Racial diversity: 50% White, 50% Black, 0% Asian, 0% Hispanic, 0% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#53. Pine View School

- Location: Osprey, FL
- Grades offered: 2-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 2,051
- AP enrollment: 77%
- Racial diversity: 69.7% White, 0.7% Black, 13.4% Asian, 9.7% Hispanic, 6.4% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#52. Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School

- Location: Montgomery, AL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 499
- AP enrollment: 93%
- Racial diversity: 41.1% White, 26.9% Black, 27.7% Asian, 0.8% Hispanic, 3.6% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#51. Glenbrook South High School

- Location: Glenview, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
- Students enrolled: 2,972
- AP enrollment: 27%
- Racial diversity: 63.7% White, 1.7% Black, 17.9% Asian, 12.5% Hispanic, 4.1% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#50. Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School

- Location: Jersey City, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
- Students enrolled: 685
- AP enrollment: 77%
- Racial diversity: 18.7% White, 16.6% Black, 45.8% Asian, 17.8% Hispanic, 0.6% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0.4% Pacific Islander

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#49. Conestoga Senior High School

- Location: Berwyn, PA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
- Students enrolled: 2,141
- AP enrollment: 52%
- Racial diversity: 74.4% White, 3.4% Black, 18.7% Asian, 2.5% Hispanic, 1% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#48. High School Math Science & Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)

- Location: New York, NY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
- Students enrolled: 464
- AP enrollment: 96%
- Racial diversity: 27.2% White, 8.8% Black, 36.2% Asian, 17.2% Hispanic, 8.6% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 1.5% Pacific Islander

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#47. Princeton High School

- Location: Princeton, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
- Students enrolled: 1,581
- AP enrollment: 51%
- Racial diversity: 56.3% White, 5.7% Black, 25.1% Asian, 8.8% Hispanic, 4% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#46. Julia R. Masterman Secondary School

- Location: Philadelphia, PA
- Grades offered: 5-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 21:1
- Students enrolled: 1,190
- AP enrollment: 42%
- Racial diversity: 39.2% White, 17.2% Black, 27.7% Asian, 5.5% Hispanic, 10.3% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#45. Academy for Information Technology

- Location: Scotch Plains, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 11:1
- Students enrolled: 287
- AP enrollment: 44%
- Racial diversity: 48.4% White, 9.1% Black, 22.6% Asian, 17.8% Hispanic, 1.4% Multiracial, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander

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#44. Westlake High School

- Location: Austin, TX
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
- Students enrolled: 2,659
- AP enrollment: 68%
- Racial diversity: 68.9% White, 0.9% Black, 12.5% Asian, 13.2% Hispanic, 4.1% Multiracial, 0.3% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#43. Jones College Prep High School

- Location: Chicago, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 20:1
- Students enrolled: 1,815
- AP enrollment: 48%
- Racial diversity: 38.8% White, 15.8% Black, 12.6% Asian, 28.4% Hispanic, 3.4% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 0.6% Pacific Islander

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#42. Academy for Allied Health Science

- Location: Scotch Plains, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
- Students enrolled: 291
- AP enrollment: 45%
- Racial diversity: 42.3% White, 16.5% Black, 24.1% Asian, 16.2% Hispanic, 0.3% Multiracial, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander

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#41. Basis Oro Valley

- Location: Oro Valley, AZ
- Grades offered: 5-12
- School type: public, charter
- Student-teacher ratio: 6:1
- Students enrolled: 571
- AP enrollment: 100%
- Racial diversity: 62.2% White, 1.6% Black, 18.9% Asian, 13.8% Hispanic, 2.3% Multiracial, 0.9% Native American, 0.4% Pacific Islander

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#40. Hinsdale Central High School

- Location: Hinsdale, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
- Students enrolled: 2,767
- AP enrollment: 37%
- Racial diversity: 71.3% White, 2.1% Black, 17% Asian, 6.1% Hispanic, 3.3% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#39. Palo Alto High School

- Location: Palo Alto, CA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
- Students enrolled: 1,992
- AP enrollment: 40%
- Racial diversity: 46.5% White, 3.1% Black, 32.6% Asian, 10.3% Hispanic, 6.2% Multiracial, 0.5% Native American, 0.9% Pacific Islander

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#38. Saratoga High School

- Location: Saratoga, CA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
- Students enrolled: 1,341
- AP enrollment: 46%
- Racial diversity: 25.8% White, 0.2% Black, 60.8% Asian, 4.5% Hispanic, 8.5% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0.2% Pacific Islander

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#37. The Academy for Mathematics, Science & Engineering

- Location: Rockaway, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
- Students enrolled: 101
- AP enrollment: 98%
- Racial diversity: 18.8% White, 1% Black, 79.2% Asian, 1% Hispanic, 0% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#36. Bergen County Technical High School - Teterboro

- Location: Teterboro, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 10:1
- Students enrolled: 677
- AP enrollment: 54%
- Racial diversity: 41.9% White, 5.2% Black, 28.8% Asian, 19.4% Hispanic, 4.3% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander

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#35. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

- Location: Durham, NC
- Grades offered: 11-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 7:1
- Students enrolled: 680
- AP enrollment: data not available
- Racial diversity: data not available

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#34. Signature School

- Location: Evansville, IN
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, charter
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 361
- AP enrollment: 99%
- Racial diversity: 68.7% White, 2.8% Black, 15.5% Asian, 4.7% Hispanic, 7.8% Multiracial, 0.6% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#33. Great Neck South High School

- Location: Great Neck, NY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 11:1
- Students enrolled: 1,193
- AP enrollment: 45%
- Racial diversity: 34.6% White, 1.7% Black, 53.5% Asian, 8.7% Hispanic, 1.5% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#32. Poolesville High School

- Location: Poolesville, MD
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
- Students enrolled: 1,180
- AP enrollment: 65%
- Racial diversity: 51.4% White, 4.8% Black, 30.1% Asian, 7.6% Hispanic, 5.8% Multiracial, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#31. Canyon Crest Academy

- Location: San Diego, CA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 26:1
- Students enrolled: 2,406
- AP enrollment: 57%
- Racial diversity: 61.3% White, 0.7% Black, 28.6% Asian, 6.7% Hispanic, 2.2% Multiracial, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Pacific Islander

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#30. Tesla STEM High School

- Location: Redmond, WA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet, alternative
- Student-teacher ratio: 24:1
- Students enrolled: 578
- AP enrollment: 71%
- Racial diversity: 43.8% White, 0.5% Black, 43.9% Asian, 4.7% Hispanic, 6.9% Multiracial, 0.2% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#29. OCVTS - Marine Academy of Technology & Environmental Science (MATES)

- Location: Manahawkin, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
- Students enrolled: 280
- AP enrollment: data not available
- Racial diversity: 79.3% White, 0.7% Black, 10.4% Asian, 6.1% Hispanic, 2.5% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Pacific Islander

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#28. Jericho Senior High School

- Location: Jericho, NY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 10:1
- Students enrolled: 1,088
- AP enrollment: 57%
- Racial diversity: 45.5% White, 1.9% Black, 50.4% Asian, 1.7% Hispanic, 0.4% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#27. Henry M. Gunn High School

- Location: Palo Alto, CA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 16:1
- Students enrolled: 1,896
- AP enrollment: 42%
- Racial diversity: 38% White, 1.3% Black, 45.3% Asian, 8.6% Hispanic, 6.4% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Pacific Islander

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#26. BASIS Tucson North

- Location: Tucson, AZ
- Grades offered: 5-12
- School type: public, charter
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 1,063
- AP enrollment: 100%
- Racial diversity: 59.9% White, 3.3% Black, 18.2% Asian, 16.4% Hispanic, 1.5% Multiracial, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander

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#25. South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics

- Location: Hartsville, SC
- Grades offered: 11-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
- Students enrolled: 280
- AP enrollment: 100%
- Racial diversity: 65.0% White, 12.5% Black, 15.7% Asian, 6.1% Hispanic, 0% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Pacific Islander

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#24. Biotechnology High School

- Location: Freehold, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 330
- AP enrollment: 9%
- Racial diversity: 49.4% White, 0.6% Black, 45.8% Asian, 3% Hispanic, 0.3% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0.9% Pacific Islander

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#23. Raleigh Charter High School

- Location: Raleigh, NC
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, charter
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 562
- AP enrollment: 54%
- Racial diversity: 62.8% White, 4.6% Black, 23% Asian, 4.6% Hispanic, 5% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#22. Liberal Arts & Science Academy

- Location: Austin, TX
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 1,111
- AP enrollment: 76%
- Racial diversity: 55.6% White, 1.6% Black, 20.0% Asian, 17.5% Hispanic, 4.9% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.4% Pacific Islander

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#21. Bronx High School of Science

- Location: Bronx, NY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 22:1
- Students enrolled: 2,977
- AP enrollment: 69%
- Racial diversity: 25.1% White, 2.4% Black, 63.5% Asian, 6.1% Hispanic, 1.6% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 0.8% Pacific Islander

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#20. Whitney M. Young Magnet High School

- Location: Chicago, IL
- Grades offered: 7-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 19:1
- Students enrolled: 2,153
- AP enrollment: 59%
- Racial diversity: 28.1% White, 21.4% Black, 15.9% Asian, 30% Hispanic, 3.9% Multiracial, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Pacific Islander

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#19. Townsend Harris High School

- Location: Flushing, NY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 20:1
- Students enrolled: 1,109
- AP enrollment: 90%
- Racial diversity: 21.6% White, 5.4% Black, 57.3% Asian, 11.6% Hispanic, 2.3% Multiracial, 0.9% Native American, 0.9% Pacific Islander

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#18. The Davidson Academy

- Location: Reno, NV
- Grades offered: 6-12
- School type: public, online, magnet, alternative
- Student-teacher ratio: 8:1
- Students enrolled: 160
- AP enrollment: data not available
- Racial diversity: 52.2% White, 0.6% Black, 37.1% Asian, 4.4% Hispanic, 3.8% Multiracial, 0.6% Native American, 1.3% Pacific Islander

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#17. School for the Talented & Gifted

- Location: Dallas, TX
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
- Students enrolled: 261
- AP enrollment: 100%
- Racial diversity: 35.6% White, 10.3% Black, 18.4% Asian, 33.7% Hispanic, 1.1% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0.8% Pacific Islander

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#16. School of Science & Engineering

- Location: Dallas, TX
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 418
- AP enrollment: 99%
- Racial diversity: 14% White, 11% Black, 11% Asian, 57% Hispanic, 2% Multiracial, 2% Native American, 3% Pacific Islander

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#15. Staten Island Technical High School

- Location: Staten Island, NY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 23:1
- Students enrolled: 1,313
- AP enrollment: 95%
- Racial diversity: 48.3% White, 1% Black, 46.3% Asian, 3.7% Hispanic, 0.2% Multiracial, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% Pacific Islander

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#14. Adlai E. Stevenson High School

- Location: Lincolnshire, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 4,028
- AP enrollment: 50%
- Racial diversity: 60.3% White, 1.9% Black, 27.5% Asian, 7.3% Hispanic, 2.8% Multiracial, 0.2% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#13. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology

- Location: Lawrenceville, GA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 979
- AP enrollment: 68%
- Racial diversity: 19.6% White, 22.8% Black, 43.7% Asian, 10.2% Hispanic, 3.5% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#12. Union County Magnet High School

- Location: Scotch Plains, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
- Students enrolled: 298
- AP enrollment: 47%
- Racial diversity: 38.6% White, 9.4% Black, 36.6% Asian, 13.4% Hispanic, 1% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 1% Pacific Islander

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#11. Northside College Preparatory High School

- Location: Chicago, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
- Students enrolled: 1,069
- AP enrollment: 60%
- Racial diversity: 30.1% White, 8.3% Black, 19.4% Asian, 28.7% Hispanic, 13% Multiracial, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander

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#10. Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science

- Location: Worcester, MA
- Grades offered: 11-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 14:1
- Students enrolled: 97
- AP enrollment: data not available
- Racial diversity: 52.6% White, 1% Black, 42.3% Asian, 0% Hispanic, 4.1% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#9. Basis Scottsdale

- Location: Scottsdale, AZ
- Grades offered: 4-12
- School type: public, charter
- Student-teacher ratio: 11:1
- Students enrolled: 1,081
- AP enrollment: 95%
- Racial diversity: 39% White, 1% Black, 48.3% Asian, 6.2% Hispanic, 4.7% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0.7% Pacific Islander

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#8. Maggie Walker Governor's School

- Location: Richmond, VA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 15:1
- Students enrolled: 746
- AP enrollment: 66%
- Racial diversity: data not available

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#7. High Technology High School

- Location: Lincroft, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 13:1
- Students enrolled: 291
- AP enrollment: 33%
- Racial diversity: 42.6% White, 1.7% Black, 51.9% Asian, 2.7% Hispanic, 0.3% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0.7% Pacific Islander

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#6. The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

- Location: Columbus, MS
- Grades offered: 11-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 11:1
- Students enrolled: 245
- AP enrollment: 78%
- Racial diversity: 58% White, 22% Black, 15% Asian, 2% Hispanic, 2% Multiracial, 1% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#5. Bergen County Academies

- Location: Hackensack, NJ
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 11:1
- Students enrolled: 1,069
- AP enrollment: 47%
- Racial diversity: 33.7% White, 1.3% Black, 53.5% Asian, 6.5% Hispanic, 5% Multiracial, 0.1% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#4. Stuyvesant High School

- Location: New York, NY
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public
- Student-teacher ratio: 21:1
- Students enrolled: 3,368
- AP enrollment: 56%
- Racial diversity: 18.3% White, 0.6% Black, 73.8% Asian, 2.5% Hispanic, 3.3% Multiracial, 0.3% Native American, 1.2% Pacific Islander

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#3. Walter Payton College Prep

- Location: Chicago, IL
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 18:1
- Students enrolled: 977
- AP enrollment: 76%
- Racial diversity: 43% White, 12.6% Black, 16.7% Asian, 22.1% Hispanic, 4.7% Multiracial, 0.5% Native American, 0.4% Pacific Islander

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#2. Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

- Location: Aurora, IL
- Grades offered: 10-12
- School type: public, magnet, alternative
- Student-teacher ratio: 12:1
- Students enrolled: 647
- AP enrollment: 34%
- Racial diversity: 37.1% White, 7% Black, 43.0% Asian, 7.7% Hispanic, 5.3% Multiracial, 0% Native American, 0% Pacific Islander

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#1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology

- Location: Alexandria, VA
- Grades offered: 9-12
- School type: public, magnet
- Student-teacher ratio: 17:1
- Students enrolled: 1,789
- AP enrollment: 73%
- Racial diversity: 23.4% White, 1.6% Black, 65.6% Asian, 2.1% Hispanic, 4.8% Multiracial, 1.8% Native American, 0.8% Pacific Islander

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