Here are the best public high schools in every US state

New York Daily News / Contributor/Getty ImagesStuyvesant High School in New York is ranked the fourth best public high school in the US.
  • School-ranking website Niche rated the best public high schools in every US state.
  • To determine the best public high schools, the site looked at SAT and ACT scores, reading and maths proficiency, graduation rate, AP enrollment, and diversity, among other factors.
  • The best public high school in the US is Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.
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There are a lot of public high schools in the US.

To find the best one in each state, school-ranking website Niche rated high schools according to several factors, including SAT and ACT scores, reading and maths proficiency, graduation rate, AP enrollment, and diversity.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, scored higher than any other school, making it the No. 1 public high school in the country out of 19,314 schools.

Here are the top high schools in each state, along with their graduation rate and AP enrollment percentages.

This is an update of an earlier story written by Ivan de Luce.


Alabama: Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School

Location: Montgomery

Overall rank: #52

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 93%


Alaska: Mat-Su Career & Tech Education High School

Mat-Su Career & Tech Education High School website

Location: Wasilla

Overall rank: #1,367

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 15%


Arizona: Basis Scottsdale

USGS

Location: Scottsdale

Overall rank: #9

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 95%


Arkansas: Haas Hall Academy

Haas Hall Academy

Location: Fayetteville

Overall rank: #141

Graduation rate: 90%

AP Enrollment: 71%


California: Henry M. Gunn High School

Location: Palo Alto

Overall rank: #27

Graduation rate: 96%

AP Enrollment: 42%


Colorado: Cherry Creek High School

USGS

Location: Greenwood Village

Overall rank: #189

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 34%


Connecticut: Staples High School

USGS

Location: Westport

Overall rank: #100

Graduation rate: 98%

AP Enrollment: 36%


District of Columbia: The School Without Walls High School

B Christopher/Alamy

Location: Washington, DC

Overall rank: #262

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 67%


Delaware: Charter School of Wilmington

Location: Wilmington

Overall rank: #67

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 42%


Florida: Pine View School

Location: Osprey

Overall rank: #53

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 77%


Georgia: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Location: Lawrenceville

Overall rank: #13

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 68%


Hawaii: Mililani High School

Mililani High School website

Location: Honolulu

Overall rank: #1,477

Graduation rate: 93%

AP Enrollment: 16%


Idaho: Boise Senior High School

Boise Senior High School newsletter

Location: Boise

Overall rank: #553

Graduation rate: 91%

AP Enrollment: 43%


Illinois: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Location: Aurora

Overall rank: #2

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 34%


Indiana: Signature School

Signature School

Location: Evansville

Overall rank: #34

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 99%


Iowa: West Senior High School

Location: Iowa City

Overall rank: #378

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 28%


Kansas: Blue Valley North High School

Blue Valley North High School

Location: Overland Park

Overall rank: #72

Graduation rate: 97%

AP Enrollment: 44%


Kentucky: DuPont Manual High School

USGS

Location: Louisville

Overall rank: #62

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 81%


Louisiana: Benjamin Franklin High School

Benjamin Franklin High School

Location: New Orleans

Overall rank: #112

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 76%


Maine: Maine School of Science & Mathematics

Maine School of Science & Mathematics

Location: Limestone

Overall rank: #82

Graduation rate: 90%

AP Enrollment: 52%


Maryland: Poolesville High School

Poolesville High School

Location: Poolesville

Overall rank: #32

Graduation rate: 96%

AP Enrollment: 65%


Massachusetts: Massachusetts Academy of Maths & Science

USGS

Location: Worcester

Overall rank: #10

Graduation rate: 90%

AP Enrollment: N/A


Michigan: International Academy

International Academy

Location: Bloomfield Hills

Overall rank: #56

Graduation rate: 90%

AP Enrollment: N/A


Minnesota: Minnetonka Senior High School

USGS

Location: Minnetonka

Overall rank: #134

Graduation rate: 97%

AP Enrollment: 46%


Mississippi: The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

Location: Columbus

Overall rank: #6

Graduation rate: 100%

AP Enrollment: 78%


Missouri: Clayton High School

USGS

Location: Clayton

Overall rank: #70

Graduation rate: 98%

AP Enrollment: 33%


Montana: Bozeman High School

Bozeman High School website

Location: Bozeman

Overall rank: #1,145

Graduation rate: 85%

AP Enrollment: 29%


Nebraska: Millard North High School

USGS

Location: Omaha

Overall rank: #508

Graduation rate: 94%

AP Enrollment: 33%


Nevada: The Davidson Academy

The Davidson Academy

Location: Reno

Overall rank: #18

Graduation rate: N/A

AP Enrollment: N/A


New Hampshire: Hanover High School

SAU70

Location: Hanover

Overall rank: #136

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: N/A


New Jersey: Bergen County Academies

Bergen County Academies

Location: Hackensack

Overall rank: #5

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 47%


New Mexico: La Cueva High School

La Cueva High School

Location: Albuquerque

Overall rank: #790

Graduation rate: 87%

AP Enrollment: 38%


New York: Stuyvesant High School

New York Daily News / Contributor/Getty Images

Location: New York

Overall rank: #4

Graduation rate: 98%

AP Enrollment: 56%


North Carolina: Raleigh Charter High School

USGS

Location: Raleigh

Overall rank: #23

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 54%


North Dakota: Fargo Davies High School

Fargo Davies High School

Location: Fargo

Overall rank: #1,095

Graduation rate: 93%

AP Enrollment: 34%


Ohio: Solon High School

Solon High School website

Location: Solon

Overall rank: #83

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 47%


Oklahoma: Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

USGS

Location: Oklahoma City

Overall rank: #57

Graduation rate: 100%

AP Enrollment: N/A


Oregon: School of Science & Technology

School of Science & Technology

Location: Beaverton

Overall rank: #519

Graduation rate: 90%

AP Enrollment: 47%


Pennsylvania: Julia R. Masterman Secondary School

Julia R. Masterman Secondary School

Location: Philadelphia

Overall rank: #46

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 42%


Rhode Island: Barrington High School

Barrington High School

Location: Barrington

Overall rank: #423

Graduation rate: 96%

AP Enrollment: 29%


South Carolina: South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics

South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics

Location: Hartsville

Overall rank: #23

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 100%


South Dakota: Brandon Valley High School

USGS

Location: Brandon

Overall rank: #2,265

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 8%


Tennessee: Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School

Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School

Location: Nashville

Overall rank: #161

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 72%


Texas: School of Science & Engineering

School of Science & Engineering

Location: Dallas

Overall rank: #16

Graduation rate: 100%

AP Enrollment: 99%


Utah: Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy

USGS

Location: Lindon

Overall rank: #308

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 33%


Vermont: Champlain Valley Union High School

Champlain Valley Union High School

Location: Hinesburg

Overall rank: #916

Graduation rate: 96%

AP Enrollment: 24%


Virginia: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology website

Location: Alexandria

Overall rank: #1

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 73%


Washington: Tesla STEM High School

USGS

Location: Redmond

Overall rank: #30

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 71%


West Virginia: George Washington High School

George Washington High School

Location: Charleston

Overall rank: #2,579

Graduation rate: 93%

AP Enrollment: 24%


Wisconsin: Whitefish Bay High School

Whitefish Bay High School

Location: Whitefish Bay

Overall rank: #191

Graduation rate: 97%

AP Enrollment: 31%


Wyoming: Jackson Hole High School

Jackson Hole High School website

Location: Jackson

Overall rank: #1,111

Graduation rate: 97%

AP Enrollment: 27%

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