“U.S. News and World Report” released their list of the 10 Best Public Schools in the U.S. today.
Did a school in your state make this list?
10. Academic Magnet High School – North Charleston, South Carolina
This school’s tagline is “Seriously smart.” and for good reason. The school only offers honors and
advanced placement courses. Students are required to complete and present a senior thesis.
Admission to the school requires taking the ACT’s Explore Test and submitting a writing sample.
9. International School – Bellevue, Washington
This school’s curriculum starts in the 6th grade. Students are required to take 7 years of international
studies and math. They must also study foreign language – French or German. And take a “Focus Week”
of outside classroom study that includes backpacking trips or the Shakespeare festival in Ashland, OR.
8. Biotechnology High School – Freehold, New Jersey
Study at this school focuses on project-based learning with students required to complete an internship at
Rutgers University or a private company. Students can take International Baccalaureate classes that are
typically only available at colleges. Of the Top Ten Schools, this one has the lowest student to teacher ratio (13:1).
7. Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School – Birmingham, Alabama
THE highest ranked magnet school in the U.S. with more than half of the school’s students being minorities.
For admission, students must have a 3.0GPA or higher, have completed Algebra 1, and “indicate aptitude and
preparation to complete a high level academic curriculum successfully” with their standardized test scores.
6. Pine View School – Osprey, Florida
A rigorous curriculum that emphasizes the importance of letting students work at their own pace,
this school for gifted children has 2,200 students. 1/5 of those are minority students.
5. BASIS Scottsdale — Scottsdale, Arizona
This school offers a number of AP classes and teaches an accelerated curriculum that allows students
to graduate in 3 years. Students can choose a fourth year to do a special senior project that includes a
“real world” internship. The school also has a blog that follows the students as they work on these projects.
4. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology – Alexandria, Virginia
This school features THE most advanced science labs in America. The school requires its
students take 5 years of math and computer science. The school also has some of the highest
test scores in the nation, with their students, on average, taking more than seven AP tests.
3. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology – Lawrenceville, Georgia
This STEM-certified school uses a lottery to determine admission. Every student is given a laptop and is
required to take a minimum of four engineering and 3 AP courses to graduate. Internship coordinators
help students get work experience. The only foreign language taught is Spanish and Mandarin.
The school continues to grow with 100 new students added to the last 2 freshman classes each year.
2. BASIS Tucson – Tucson, Arizona
The second BASIS school to make the list, this school follows the same accelerated program as the other
BASIS schools. BASIS Tuscon has 670 students with almost half of those being minorities.
1. School for the Talented and Gifted – Dallas, Texas
260 students. 58% minority enrollment. 30% from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Getting into this public school is not easy. Next year, students in the Dallas school district will have
to compete for the school’s coveted 65 open spots. The school sets an extremely high bar for students,
requiring them to take a minimum of 11 AP classes during their high school careers.
There you have it! The 10 Best Public Schools in America.
Click here to see the complete list on the U.S. News and World Report website.