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The best public high schools can help students envision their goals and reach their college or career aspirations. U.S. News reviewed nearly 24,000 public schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia for the 2021 Best High Schools rankings, using data from the 2018-2019 school year. These 25 schools scored the highest based on their performance on various ranking indicators, including state tests and graduation rates.

25. Whitney High School

Location: Cerritos, California
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 681
Student-teacher ratio: 26:1

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24. International Academy of Macomb

Location: Clinton Township, Michigan
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 491
Student-teacher ratio: 98:1

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23. BASIS Oro Valley

Location: Oro Valley, Arizona
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 230
Student-teacher ratio: N/A

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22. Brooklyn Technical High School

Location: Brooklyn, New York
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 5,934
Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

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21. International School of Beaverton

Location: Beaverton, Oregon
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 381
Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

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20. The Early College at Guilford

Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 199
Student-teacher ratio: 25:1

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19. Central Magnet School

Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 819
Student-teacher ratio: 17:1

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18. Julia R. Masterman Secondary School

Location: Philadelphia
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 463
Student-teacher ratio: 22:1

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17. University High School (Tucson)

Location: Tucson, Arizona
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 1097
Student-teacher ratio: 21:1

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16. Tesla STEM High School

Location: Redmond, Washington
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 601
Student-teacher ratio: 21:1

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15. Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

Location: Dallas
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 247
Student-teacher ratio: 18:1

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14. Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School

Location: Montgomery, Alabama
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 513
Student-teacher ratio: 15:1

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13. The School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG)

Location: Dallas
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 359
Student-teacher ratio: 19:1

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12. Townsend Harris High School

Location: Flushing, New York
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 1,183
Student-teacher ratio: 21:1

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11. Oxford Academy

Location: Cypress, California
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 795
Student-teacher ratio: 29:1

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10. Signature School

Location: Evansville, Indiana
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 390
Student-teacher ratio: 14:1

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9. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

Location: Lawrenceville, Georgia
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 1,098
Student-teacher ratio: 17:1

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8. BASIS Chandler

Location: Chandler, Arizona
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 291
Student-teacher ratio: N/A

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7. Merrol Hyde Magnet School

Location: Hendersonville, Tennessee
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 232
Student-teacher ratio: 15:1

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6. Sumner Academy of Arts and Science

Location: Kansas City, Kansas
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 846
Student-teacher ratio: 17:1

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5. School for Advanced Studies (SAS)

Location: Miami
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 247
Student-teacher ratio: 41:1

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4. Payton College Preparatory High School

Location: Chicago
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 1,153
Student-teacher ratio: 18:1

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3. The Davidson Academy of Nevada

Location: Reno, Nevada
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 125
Student-teacher ratio: 5:1

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2. Academic Magnet High School

Location: North Charleston, South Carolina
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 655
Student-teacher ratio: 17:1

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1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

Location: Alexandria, Virginia
High school enrollment (grades 9-12): 1,781
Student-teacher ratio: 18:1

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Learn more about the top high schools.

For more Best High Schools rankings and data, check out the top STEM schools and find rankings by state and metro area. Connect with U.S. News Education on Facebook, or tweet @USNewsEducation using the hashtag #BestHighSchools to share your thoughts on the rankings.

Top 25 public high schools

1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

2. Academic Magnet High School

3. The Davidson Academy of Nevada

4. Payton College Preparatory High School

5. School for Advanced Studies (SAS)

6. Sumner Academy of Arts and Science

7. Merrol Hyde Magnet School

8. BASIS Chandler

9. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

10. Signature School

11. Oxford Academy

12. Townsend Harris High School

13. The School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG)

14. Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School

15. Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

16. Tesla STEM High School

17. University High School (Tucson)

18. Julia R. Masterman Secondary School

19. Central Magnet School

20. The Early College at Guilford

21. International School of Beaverton

22. Brooklyn Technical High School

23. BASIS Oro Valley

24. International Academy of Macomb

25. Whitney High School

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