Here are the best public high schools in every US state

Google MapsMorgantown High School is the highest-ranked school in West Virginia.
  • 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 many other factors.
  • The best public high school in the US isIllinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois.
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There are a lot of high schools in the United States – 18,841 to be exact. And now that another summer is drawing to a close, those 18,841 high schools will soon be opening their doors for a new school year.

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

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois, scored higher than any other school, making it the No. 1 high school in the country.

Here are the top high schools in each state.


Alabama: Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School

Location: Montgomery

Overall rank: #52

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 93%


Alaska: West High School

Location: Anchorage

Overall rank: #1,301

Graduation rate: 87%

AP Enrollment: 13%


Arizona: Basis Scottsdale

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Location: Scottsdale

Overall rank: #7

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 95%


Arkansas: Haas Hall Academy

Location: Fayetteville

Overall rank: #347

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 71%


California: Canyon Crest Academy

Location: San Diego

Overall rank: #16

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 57%


Colorado: Cherry Creek High School

Location: Greenwood Village

Overall rank: #122

Graduation rate: 93%

AP Enrollment: 34%


Connecticut: Staples High School

Location: Westport

Overall rank: #125

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 36%


Delaware: Charter School of Wilmington

Location: Wilmington

Overall rank: #26

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 42%


District of Columbia: The School Without Walls High School

Location: Washington, DC

Overall rank: #179

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 67%


Florida: Pine View School

Location: Osprey

Overall rank: #69

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 77%


Georgia: Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology

Location: Lawrenceville

Overall rank: #13

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 68%


Hawaii: Education Laboratory School

Location:Lawrenceville

Overall rank: #13

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 68%


Idaho: Boise Senior High School

Location: Boise

Overall rank: #512

Graduation rate: 92%

AP Enrollment: 43%


Illinois: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Location: Aurora

Overall rank: #1

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 34%


Indiana: West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School

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Location: West Lafayette

Overall rank: #39

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 34%


Iowa: Ames High School

Location: Ames

Overall rank: #164

Graduation rate: 93%

AP Enrollment: 40%


Kansas: Blue Valley North High School

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Location: Overland Park

Overall rank: #49

Graduation rate: 96%

AP Enrollment: 44%


Kentucky: DuPont Manual High School

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Location: Louisville

Overall rank: #35

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 81%


Louisiana: Benjamin Franklin High School

Location: New Orleans

Overall rank: #32

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 76%


Maine: Maine School of Science & Mathematics

Location: Limestone

Overall rank: #86

Graduation rate: 90%

AP Enrollment: 52%


Maryland: Poolesville High School

Location: Poolesville

Overall rank: #30

Graduation rate: 97%

AP Enrollment: 65%


Massachusetts: Massachusetts Academy of Maths & Science

Location: Worcester

Overall rank: #10

Graduation rate: 90%

AP Enrollment: N/A


Michigan: International Academy

Location: Bloomfield Hills

Overall rank: #54

Graduation rate: 90%

AP Enrollment: N/A


Minnesota: Minnetonka Senior High School

Location: Minnetonka

Overall rank: #127

Graduation rate: 96%

AP Enrollment: 46%


Mississippi: The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science

Location: Columbus

Overall rank: #6

Graduation rate: 100%

AP Enrollment: 78%


Missouri: Clayton High School

Location: Clayton

Overall rank: #72

Graduation rate: 98%

AP Enrollment: 33%


Montana: Bozeman High School

Location: Bozeman

Overall rank: #1,210

Graduation rate: 84%

AP Enrollment: 29%


Nebraska: Millard North High School

Location: Omaha

Overall rank: #500

Graduation rate: 93%

AP Enrollment: 33%


Nevada: The Davidson Academy

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Location: Reno

Overall rank: #25

Graduation rate: N/A

AP Enrollment: N/A


New Hampshire: Hanover High School

Location: Hanover

Overall rank: #124

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: N/A


New Jersey: Bergen County Academies

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Location: Hackensack

Overall rank: #12

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 47%


New Mexico: Albuquerque Institute of Maths & Science

Location: Albuquerque

Overall rank: #762

Graduation rate: 90%

AP Enrollment: 73%


New York: Stuyvesant High School

Location: New York

Overall rank: #4

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 56%


North Carolina: Raleigh Charter High School

Location: Raleigh

Overall rank: #29

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 54%


North Dakota: Fargo Davies High School

Location: Fargo

Overall rank: #1,194

Graduation rate: 96%

AP Enrollment: 34%


Ohio: Dublin Jerome High School

Location: Dublin

Overall rank: #64

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 40%


Oklahoma: Booker T. Washington High School

Location: Tulsa

Overall rank: #328

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 35%


Oregon: South Eugene High School

Location: Eugene

Overall rank: #493

Graduation rate: 89%

AP Enrollment: 24%


Pennsylvania: Conestoga Senior High School

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Location: Berwyn

Overall rank: #24

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 52%


Rhode Island: Barrington High School

Location: Barrington

Overall rank: #496

Graduation rate: 97%

AP Enrollment: 29%


South Carolina: Academic Magnet High School

Location:North Charleston

Overall rank: #40

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 65%


South Dakota: Brandon Valley High School

Location: Brandon

Overall rank: #1,675

Graduation rate: 94%

AP Enrollment: 8%


Tennessee: Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School

Location: Nashville

Overall rank: #87

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 72%


Texas: Liberal Arts & Science Academy

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Location: Austin

Overall rank: #11

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 76%


Utah: Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy

Location: Lindon

Overall rank: #312

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 33%


Vermont: South Burlington High School

Location: South Burlington

Overall rank: #441

Graduation rate: 93%

AP Enrollment: 31%


Virginia: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology

Location: Alexandria

Overall rank: #2

Graduation rate: 99%

AP Enrollment: 73%


Washington: Tesla STEM High School

Location: Redmond

Overall rank: #43

Graduation rate: 95%

AP Enrollment: 71%


West Virginia: Morgantown High School

Location: Morgantown

Overall rank: #1,828

Graduation rate: 89%

AP Enrollment: 32%


Wisconsin: Whitefish Bay High School

Location: Whitefish Bay

Overall rank: #100

Graduation rate: 96%

AP Enrollment: 31%


Wyoming: Big Horn High School

Location: Big Horn

Overall rank: #1,875

Graduation rate: 90%

AP Enrollment: N/A

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