Top High Schools in the US

America's Best High Schools: Gold Medal List

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U.S. News looked at more than 21,000 public high schools in 48 states and the District of Columbia. The following are the 100 schools that performed the best in our three-step America’s Best High Schools ranking analysis.

Based on Advanced Placement (AP) tests
Based on International Baccalaureate (IB) tests
RankSchool Name and LocationQuality-adjusted
Exams per 
Test Taker
1Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and TechnologyAlexandria, VA6.9100.0
2International AcademyBloomfield Hills, MI5.7100.0
3Whitney High SchoolCerritos, CA4.1100.0
4Oxford AcademyCypress, CA5.0100.0
5School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview CenterDallas, TX8.0100.0
6Newcomers High SchoolLong Island City, NY1.6100.0
7Pacific Collegiate SchoolSanta Cruz, CA4.5100.0
8School of Science and Engineering MagnetDallas, TX5.1100.0
9BASIS TucsonTucson, AZ4.7100.0
10International SchoolBellevue, WA3.8100.0
11High Technology High SchoolLincroft, NJ3.698.9
12Academic Magnet High SchoolNo. Charleston, SC4.798.2
13IDEA Academy and College PrepatoryDonna, TX1.197.7
14Pine View SchoolOsprey, FL4.396.8
15Design and Architecture Senior High SchoolMiami, FL2.796.7
16KIPP Houston High SchoolHouston, TX1.195.7
17Stanton College Preparatory SchoolJacksonville, FL4.695.6
18The Early College at GuilfordGreensboro, NC4.095.4
19The High School of American Studies at Lehman CollegeBronx, NY2.994.8
20Loveless Academic Magnet Program High SchoolMontgomery, AL3.594.2
21University High SchoolTucson, AZ5.192.9
22California Academy of Math and ScienceCarson, CA2.192.1
23Animo Leadership Charter High SchoolInglewood, CA0.991.6
24Raleigh Charter High SchoolRaleigh, NC4.991.2
25Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology AcademyLennox, CA1.590.5