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Metros with the most highly ranked public high schools

  • #17. Austin-Round Rock

    - Top 200 public schools: 3
    - Highest ranked public schools: Liberal Arts & Science Academy (#22 nationally), Westlake High School (#44), Westwood High School (#106)

    Liberal Arts & Science Academy is a public magnet high school "recruiting the most academically advanced students from public and private middle schools throughout the city," according to its website. After attending the academy, students graduate with a college readiness of 98.8/100, according to U.S. News & World Report, which notes "LASA's advanced, rigorous curriculum includes 30 Advanced Placement courses and 121 honors courses." Additionally, Austin's other two top high schools, Westlake and Westwood, remain respected college preparatory facilities, both ranking high for college readiness at 98.24 and 98.6, respectively.

  • #16. Dallas-Fort Worth

    - Top 200 public schools: 3
    - Highest ranked public schools: School of Science & Engineering (#16 nationally), School for the Talented & Gifted (#17), Carroll Senior High School (#96)

    The Dallas Independent School District, which governs the School of Science & Engineering and School for the Talented & Gifted, received a $70 million boost in funding for the 2019–20 school year. Along with secure financial resources, programs including high school/university dual enrollment and dozens of AP classes continue to set these two schools apart. Additionally, Carroll Senior High School boosts a Harvard-honored debate team, winning leadership awards from the Ivy League school.

  • #15. Columbus

    - Top 200 public schools: 3
    - Highest ranked public schools: The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science (#6 nationally), Dublin Jerome High School (#98), Dublin Coffman High School (#185)

    A public residential high school for the gifted, The Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science also ranks #1 by Niche 2020 High Schools with the Best Teachers in America. Alumni reviews report that a brilliant faculty, challenging curriculum, research opportunities, and community outreach keep the school at the top. The Dublin City School District, which governs both Dublin Jerome and Coffman High Schools, remains highly successfully, recently adding 500 students to its roll call.

  • #14. Cincinnati

    - Top 200 public schools: 4
    - Highest ranked public schools: Indian Hill High School (#114 nationally), Wyoming High School (#143), Walnut Hills High School (#165)

    Indian Hill High School made news for its privately funded STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) small-group learning classroom, which will add to its already advanced curriculum. Meanwhile, the 100-year-old Wyoming football team keeps the top high school in the news for its 703 wins, while Walnut Hills High School maintains nationally ranked with programs that require incoming seventh and eighth graders have three years of Latin when entering the 7-12 grade school. Though the three top Ohio high schools are separated by different school districts, each remains the best in its region.

  • #13. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown

    - Top 200 public schools: 4
    - Highest ranked public schools: Carnegie Vanguard High School (#94 nationally), Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions (#105), Clements High School (#126)

    Micahel E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions has only been open since 2017 and is already nationally ranked as a top Texas high school. Fully equipped with dentistry, rehabilitation and patient care teaching labs, mock hospital rooms, and science labs, the $67 million high school is one of a kind. Additionally, Clements High School has drawn students to its challenging and culturally diverse four-year campus since 2011, and Carnegie Vanguard High School programs are reportedly “like private education for free,” according to alumni.

  • #12. Detroit

    - Top 200 public schools: 4
    - Highest ranked public schools: International Academy (#56 nationally), International Academy (#66), Troy High School (#69)

    With more than two dozen AP courses and tests including Chinese Language and Culture, Macro Economics, Psychology, and 2D Studio Art, Troy High School stands out among others, with Newsweek ranking it 60/500 for the top high schools in the U.S. in 2016. The award-winning Troy High School Orchestra, with Freshman, Concert and Symphony ensembles, also sets the school apart. Though it remains the top high school in the Detroit metro area, International Academy is penalized for allegedly violating the state’s open meeting law, which has shed a negative light on the school that consistently sees positive press.

  • #11. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell

    - Top 200 public schools: 4
    - Highest ranked public schools: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology (#13 nationally), Northview High School (#124), Walton High School (#172)

    Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology has been putting out National Merit Scholars for some time while also winning the 2018 National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools Innovative Partnership Award for its strategic student program including the Senior Capstone Experience—an intense year-long study upon graduation. Also notably ranked within the Fulton County School District, which just passed a $1.7 billion fiscal budget for the 2019 school year, Northview High School remains a top high school with academic honors including the Governor’s Cup Receipt and Newsweek Magazine Top 1,000 High Schools in America.

  • #10. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward

    - Top 200 public schools: 5
    - Highest ranked public schools: Lowell High School (#137 nationally), Amador Valley High School (#145), Burlingame High School (#150)

    In 2018, Lowell High School took steps to decrease racial disparities within the school when it opened its doors to all qualified middle school students from a predominently black middle school. Some unique programs that help keep this high school ranked #1 is The Lowell, a nationally recognized student-run newspaper, and the Lowell Forensic Society, the nation’s oldest award-winning high school speech and debate team. Meanwhile, Amador Valley High School was awarded the 2017 National Blue Ribbon School accolade for its highly recognized programs and test scores, including an average of 1350 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

  • #9. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue

    - Top 200 public schools: 5
    - Highest ranked public schools: Tesla STEM High School (#30 nationally), Interlake Senior High School (#148), International Community School (#157)

    Tesla STEM High School senior Griffin White earned the highest American College Testing (ACT) score possible of 36 in 2018. Meanwhile, more than 20% of Interlake Senior High School students are considered to be gifted, according to Niche. The International Community School offers no athletic programs, with the focus being on academics. 

  • #8. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy

    - Top 200 public schools: 6
    - Highest ranked public schools: Lexington High School (#91 nationally), Brookline High School (#115), Boston Latin School (#123)

    Academic competitions and a Model UN help keep Lexington High School students sharp during their careers at this top high school. Brookline High School has a School Within a School, a democratic curriculum with a weekly Town Meeting, for select juniors and seniors, which helps set it apart from other four-years in Massachusetts. Lastly, Boston Latin School offers distinct programs, including the Clough Center for Global Understanding, Deitch Leadership Institute, and the Wolk Innovation Center, which provides a Senior Capstone/Advanced Research Experience.

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