The 25 best STEM high schools in the US

Thomas jefferson high school for science and technology
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is the third-best STEM high school in the country. Facebook/TJHSST

Jobs in science, technology, engineering, and maths are booming in the US — and average salaries for STEM jobs are nearly twice the national average.

It’s no surprise, then, that high schools across the country are ramping up their emphasis on teaching STEM skills.

U.S. News & World Report recently released its list of the best high schools in America, gathering data on more than 21,000 public schools across the country. It also separately highlighted the best STEM high schools.

The overall ranking measures high schools by graduation rates, college readiness, and how well students at each school performed statistically compared to others in their state. The college readiness score — out of a possible 100 — measures which schools produce the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of students, using AP and IB scores as benchmarks. You can read the full breakdown of the methodology here.

The U.S. News STEM index, which awards a score out of 100 to the top 500 high schools in the country, is determined by the percentage of students who took and passed Advanced Placement tests in STEM subjects.

Read on for the 25 best high schools in the country for learning science, technology, engineering, and maths.

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title=”No. 25. Pine View School”
content=”Location: Osprey, Florida

Enrollment: 2,180

STEM index: 85.9

College readiness: 100

Graduation rate: 100%”
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title=”No. 24. Solon High School”
content=”Location: Solon, Ohio

Enrollment: 1,705

STEM index: 86

College readiness: 60.9

Graduation rate: 98%”
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title=”No. 23. Darien High School”
content=”Location: Darien, Connecticut

Enrollment: 1,354

STEM index: 86.3

College readiness: 56.3

Graduation rate: 98%”
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permalink=”/#no-22-school-for-the-talented-and-gifted-4″
title=”No. 22. School for the Talented and Gifted”
content=”Location: Dallas, Texas

Enrollment: 247

STEM index: 86.5

College readiness: 100

Graduation rate: 100%”
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permalink=”/#no-21-mission-san-jose-high-school-5″
title=”No. 21. Mission San Jose High School”
content=”Location: Fremont, California

Enrollment: 2,167

STEM index: 86.5

College readiness: 86.2

Graduation rate: 96%”
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permalink=”/#no-20-charter-school-of-wilmington-6″
title=”No. 20. Charter School of Wilmington”
content=”Location: Wilmington, Delaware

Enrollment: 970

STEM index: 86.7

College readiness: 87.1

Graduation rate: 100%”
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permalink=”/#no-19-school-of-science-and-engineering-7″
title=”No. 19. School of Science and Engineering”
content=”Location: Dallas, Texas

Enrollment: 387

STEM index: 86.7

College readiness: 100

Graduation rate: 100%”
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permalink=”/#no-18-west-windsor-plainsboro-high-school-north-8″
title=”No. 18. West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North”
content=”Location: Plainsboro, New Jersey

Enrollment: 1,562

STEM index: 87.1

College readiness: 60.1

Graduation rate: 97%”
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permalink=”/#no-17-lynbrook-high-school-9″
title=”No. 17. Lynbrook High School”
content=”Location: San Jose, California

Enrollment: 1,861

STEM index: 87.3

College readiness: 78.7

Graduation rate: 98%”
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permalink=”/#no-16-stuyvesant-high-school-10″
title=”No. 16. Stuyvesant High School”
content=”Location: New York, New York

Enrollment: 3,293

STEM index: 87.8

College readiness: 84.4

Graduation rate: 99%”
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permalink=”/#no-15-bergen-county-academies-11″
title=”No. 15. Bergen County Academies”
content=”Location: Hackensack, New Jersey

Enrollment: 1,060

STEM index: 87.9

College readiness: 84

Graduation rate: 100%”
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permalink=”/#no-14-monta-vista-high-school-12″
title=”No. 14. Monta Vista High School”
content=”Location: Cupertino, California

Enrollment: 2,351

STEM index: 88

College readiness: 82.5

Graduation rate: 99%”
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permalink=”/#no-13-palo-alto-high-school-13″
title=”No. 13. Palo Alto High School”
content=”Location: Palo Alto, California

Enrollment: 1,944

STEM index: 88.2

College readiness: 69.2

Graduation rate: 96%”
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permalink=”/#no-12-poolesville-high-school-14″
title=”No. 12. Poolesville High School”
content=”Location: Poolesville, Maryland

Enrollment: 1,202

STEM index: 88.6

College readiness: 81.6

Graduation rate: 98%”
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permalink=”/#no-11-debakey-high-school-for-health-professions-15″
title=”No. 11. DeBakey High School for Health Professions”
content=”Location: Houston, Texas

Enrollment: 823

STEM index: 88.8

College readiness: 95.2

Graduation rate: 100%”
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permalink=”/#no-10-troy-high-school-16″
title=”No. 10. Troy High School”
content=”Location: Fullerton, California

Enrollment: 2,720

STEM index: 89.1

College readiness: 58.3

Graduation rate: 97%”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/571507f39105841c008bd492″
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permalink=”/#no-9-academy-of-allied-health-and-science-17″
title=”No. 9. Academy of Allied Health and Science”
content=”Location: Neptune, New Jersey

Enrollment: 282

STEM index: 89.1

College readiness: 71.2

Graduation rate: 100%”
image=”http://static.businessinsider.com/image/57150a6c52bcd01f7b8bd0a8″
source=”Google Maps”
caption=””
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permalink=”/#no-8-international-community-school-18″
title=”No. 8. International Community School”
content=”Location: Kirkland, Washington

Enrollment: 427

STEM index: 89.7

College readiness: 72.1

Graduation rate: 98%”
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permalink=”/#no-7-raleigh-charter-high-school-19″
title=”No. 7. Raleigh Charter High School”
content=”Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Enrollment: 545

STEM index: 89.8

College readiness: 93.3

Graduation rate: 98%”
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permalink=”/#no-6-basis-tucson-north-20″
title=”No. 6. BASIS Tucson North”
content=”Location: Tucson, Arizona

Enrollment: 913

STEM index: 89.9

College readiness: 100

Graduation rate: 96%”
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caption=””
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permalink=”/#no-5-whitney-high-school-21″
title=”No. 5. Whitney High School”
content=”Location: Cerritos, California

Enrollment: 1,022

STEM index: 92

College readiness: 98.8

Graduation rate: 100%

Correction: Whitney High School was originally misidentified as being in Rocklin, California, instead of Cerritos, California.
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permalink=”/#no-4-basis-scottsdale-22″
title=”No. 4. BASIS Scottsdale”
content=”Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

Enrollment: 756

STEM index: 95.6

College readiness: 100

Graduation rate: 100%”
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permalink=”/#no-3-thomas-jefferson-high-school-for-science-and-technology-23″
title=”No. 3. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology”
content=”Location: Alexandria, Virginia

Enrollment: 1,843

STEM index: 95.8

College readiness: 100

Graduation rate: 100%”
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source=”Facebook/TJHSST”
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permalink=”/#no-2-early-college-at-guilford-24″
title=”No. 2. Early College at Guilford”
content=”Location: Greensboro, North Carolina

Enrollment: 195

STEM index: 96

College readiness: 97.9

Graduation rate: 100%”
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title=”No. 1. High Technology High School”
content=”Location: Lincroft, New Jersey

Enrollment: 286

STEM index: 98

College readiness: 100

Graduation rate: 100%”
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