10 Best Public High Schools In America

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (Virginia)


This public magnet school is nationally recognized for its demanding STEM curriculum and excellent academic offerings.

The School for the Talented and Gifted (Texas)


This Dallas magnet school emphasizes advanced placement classes, research, and creative thinking.

Pacific Collegiate School (California)


This Santa Cruz public charter school promotes college readiness and has a solid academic reputation.

Stuyvesant High School (New York)


Stuyvesant, a specialized public high school in New York City, is noted for its hard academics and demanding admissions.

School of Science and Engineering (Texas)


Another top Dallas magnet school, it emphasizes STEM education and offers research and internships.

The Early College at Guilford (North Carolina)


Greensboro's public magnet school lets high school students earn college credits.

Walter Payton College Preparatory High School (Illinois)


This prestigious Chicago high school emphasizes academics, extracurriculars, and community service.

High Technology High School (New Jersey)


This technology-focused secondary school in Lincroft offers hands-on projects and research.

School for Advanced Studies (Florida)


This Miami and Homestead public magnet school provides a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum and college credits.

The School of International Studies at Andrews (Washington, D.C.)


This District of Columbia Public Schools high school emphasizes international connections, languages, and cultural awareness.