Metro Areas With the Most Top-Ranked High Schools in the U.S.

While some individual high schools excel, metro areas can also stand out for education quality. Using the same methodology as the U.S. News Best High Schools national rankings, schools are grouped into metro areas according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Following standards set by the federal Office of Management and Budget, this means a metro area may include neighboring cities in other states. In all, U.S. News ranked approximately 17,840 public high schools. The top 41 metro areas — which spread from coast to coast — represent those with the highest proportions of schools ranking among the top 25% nationally. Read on to learn more, starting in reverse order by proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally.

Albany, New York

Ranked schools: 46

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 15

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 33%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Bethlehem Central Senior High School (795)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Albany.

Columbus, Ohio

Ranked schools: 107

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 35

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 33%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Bexley High School (184)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Columbus.

Cincinnati

Ranked schools: 105

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 35

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 33%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Walnut Hills High School (139)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Cincinnati.

Fresno, California

Ranked schools: 49

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 16

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 33%

Highest-ranked school nationally: University High School (Fresno) (92)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Fresno.

El Paso, Texas

Ranked schools: 44

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 15

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 44%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Valle Verde Early College High School (345)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in El Paso.

Cleveland

Ranked schools: 102

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 35

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 34%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Solon High School (211)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Cleveland.

Springfield, Massachusetts

Ranked schools: 49

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 17

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 35%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Hampden Charter School of Science (615)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Springfield.

Little Rock, Arkansas

Ranked schools: 36

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 13

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 36%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Lisa Academy North High Charter School (648)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Little Rock.

Baltimore

Ranked schools: 99

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 36

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 36%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Eastern Technical High School (224)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Baltimore.

Durham, North Carolina

Ranked schools: 33

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 12

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 36%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Woods Charter (172)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Durham.

Worcester, Massachusetts

Ranked schools: 63

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 23

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 37%

Highest-ranked school nationally: The Bromfield School (331)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Worcester.

Denver

Ranked schools: 158

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 59

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 37%

Highest-ranked school nationally: D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School (85)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Denver.

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Ranked schools: 60

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 23

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 38%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Grassfield High School (897)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Virginia Beach.

Rochester, New York

Ranked schools: 72

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 27

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 38%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Pittsford-Mendon High School (286)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Rochester.

Minneapolis

Ranked schools: 173

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 65

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 38%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Math and Science Academy (117)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Minneapolis.

Atlanta

Ranked schools: 190

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 73

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 38%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (9)

Learn more about theBest High Schools in Atlanta.

Buffalo, New York

Ranked schools: 61

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 24

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 39%

Highest-ranked school nationally: City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park (234)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Buffalo.

Dallas

Ranked schools: 297

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 115

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 39%

Highest-ranked school nationally: The School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG) (8)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Dallas.

Jacksonville, Florida

Ranked schools: 47

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 19

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 40%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Stanton College Preparatory School (75)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Jacksonville.

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Ranked schools: 62

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 25

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 40%

Highest-ranked school nationally: City High Middle School (18)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Grand Rapids.

Chicago

Ranked schools: 348

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 143

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 41%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Payton College Preparatory High School (5)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Chicago.

Sacramento, California

Ranked schools: 97

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 41

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 42%

Highest-ranked school nationally: West Campus High School (199)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Sacramento.

San Diego

Ranked schools: 130

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 54

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 42%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Preuss School UCSD (71)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in San Diego.

Houston

Ranked schools: 221

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 93

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 42%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Carnegie Vanguard High School (40)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Houston.

New York

Ranked schools: 985

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 410

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 42%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Townsend Harris High School (19)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in New York.

Seattle

Ranked schools: 125

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 52

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 42%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Tesla STEM High School (12)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Seattle.

Tampa, Florida

Ranked schools: 75

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 33

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 44%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Plant High School (632)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Tampa.

Austin, Texas

Ranked schools: 77

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 35

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 45%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) (34)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Austin.

Orlando, Florida

Ranked schools: 67

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 33

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 49%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Orlando Science Middle High Charter (354)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Orlando.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Ranked schools: 49

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 24

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 49%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Raleigh Charter High School (123)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Raleigh.

Madison, Wisconsin

Ranked schools: 40

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 20

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 50%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Middleton High (448)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Madison.

Washington, D.C.

Ranked schools: 189

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 94

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 50%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (1)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Washington, D.C.

McAllen, Texas

Ranked schools: 57

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 29

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 51%

Highest-ranked school nationally: IDEA Quest College Preparatory (103)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in McAllen, Texas.

Boston

Ranked schools: 215

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 110

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 51%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Boston Latin School (26)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Boston.

Hartford, Connecticut

Ranked schools: 71

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 38

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 54%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Connecticut IB Academy (239)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Hartford.

Bridgeport, Connecticut

Ranked schools: 39

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 21

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 54%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Darien High School (191)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Bridgeport.

Milwaukee

Ranked schools: 78

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 42

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 54%

Highest-ranked school nationally: High School of Health Sciences (133)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Milwaukee.

San Francisco

Ranked schools: 157

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 84

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 54%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Lowell High School (82)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in San Francisco.

Los Angeles

Ranked schools: 478

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 270

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 56%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Whitney High School (14)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Los Angeles.

Miami

Ranked schools: 169

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 97

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 57%

Highest-ranked school nationally: School for Advanced Studies (SAS) (4)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in Miami.

San Jose, California

Ranked schools: 60

Schools ranked in the top 25%: 44

Proportion of schools in the top 25% nationally: 73%

Highest-ranked school nationally: Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy (95)

Learn more about the Best High Schools in San Jose.

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Top metro areas for Best High Schools

— San Jose, California

— Miami

— Los Angeles

— San Francisco

— Milwaukee

— Bridgeport, Connecticut

— Hartford, Connecticut

— Boston

— McAllen, Texas

— Washington, D.C.

— Madison, Wisconsin

— Raleigh, North Carolina

— Orlando, Florida

— Austin, Texas

— Tampa, Florida

— Seattle

— New York

— Houston

— San Diego

— Sacramento, California

— Chicago

— Grand Rapids, Michigan

— Jacksonville, Florida

— Dallas

— Buffalo, New York

— Atlanta

— Minneapolis

— Rochester, New York

— Virginia Beach, Virginia

— Denver

— Worcester, Massachusetts

— Durham, North Carolina

— Baltimore

— Little Rock, Arkansas

— Springfield, Massachusetts

— Cleveland

— El Paso, Texas

— Fresno, California

— Cincinnati

— Columbus, Ohio

— Albany, New York

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Metro Areas With the Most Top-Ranked High Schools in the U.S. originally appeared on usnews.com

Update 04/26/22: This slideshow has been updated with data from the 2022 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings.

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