Leadership in Education

America’s Top Schools 2014

Thomas Jefferson High School

Thomas Jefferson High School

Newsweek’s 2014 Rankings highlights schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students for college. This year, our methodology is more stringent than ever with new measures of quality and a higher standard for data. A next to a school’s name means that low-income students are scoring at or above average on state assessments. This is our way of recognizing schools that narrow the achievement gap.

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Rank School Name State College Readiness Score College Bound(**percentile) Graduation Rate(**percentile) Poverty %
1 Thomas Jefferson High VA 99.93 99.22 78.48 2.05
2 Union County Magnet High Sch NJ 99.87 96.8 90.06 8.36
3 Northside College Preparatory High IL 99.8 93.46 85.81 35.9
4 Gretchen Whitney High CA 99.74 99.54 87.84 2.45
5 International Academy MI 99.67 98.82 78.94 4.12
6 Staten Island Technical High School NY 99.61 97.19 70.57 27.45
7 Washtenaw Technical Middle College MI 99.54 98.1 72.73 10.28
8 Lasa High School TX 99.48 95.29 76.26 17.97
9 Blind Brook High School NY 99.41 94.83 88.82 1.2
10 Charter School Of Wilmington DE 99.35 95.03 59.25 2.58
11 Me School Of Science & Mathematics ME 99.28 81.56 98.1 8.33
12 Lake Forest High School IL 99.22 94.44 69.33 4.65
13 Community High School MI 99.15 89.08 74.56 9
14 Pacific Collegiate Charter CA 99.08 95.81 69 6.27
15 Ardsley High School NY 99.02 95.16 81.49 4.66
16 The Vanguard School (High) CO 98.95 88.88 81.69 18.01
17 Briarcliff High School NY 98.89 96.14 91.04 4.56
18 Centennial High MD 98.82 93.07 68.67 6.62
19 Lexington High MA 98.76 79.99 64.03 6.77
20 Emma Lazarus High School NY 98.69 99.93 66.91 93.33
21 Academy For Allied Health Science NJ 98.63 93.72 71.75 19.52
22 Chaparral High School AZ 98.56 92.81 50.88 5.04
23 D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School CO 98.5 89.14 66.71 6.29
24 Winston Churchill High MD 98.43 95.36 63.51 4.41
25 School For The Talented And Gifted TX 98.36 97.78 93.33 30.42
26 Niskayuna High School NY 98.3 93.92 53.83 7.17
27 Academy For Info Tech NJ 98.23 93.39 80.05 7.14
28 Boston Latin MA 98.17 92.67 67.63 28.66
29 Westfield Senior High NJ 98.1 91.69 68.48 2.28
30 Campolindo High CA 98.04 92.15 65.01 1.17
31 Chatham High NJ 97.97 91.04 92.67 2.01
32 Gwinnett School Of Mathematics- Science And Technology GA 97.91 99.15 81.03 29.74
33 Conestoga SHS PA 97.84 85.15 76.78 4.87
34 Wausau Engineering And Global Leadership Academy WI 97.78 97.71 71.88 22.92
35 Westborough High MA 97.71 90.58 63.77 8.45
36 Townsend Harris High School NY 97.65 95.62 71.22 45.26
37 Hume – Fogg High Academic Magnet TN 97.58 94.9 75.08 18.43
38 Henry M. Gunn High CA 97.51 85.22 17.4 17.1
39 International Community School WA 97.45 92.48 43.88 1.84
40 Pittsford Sutherland High School NY 97.38 89.8 63.96 5.06
41 Hastings High School NY 97.32 88.16 59.91 7.6
42 Twin Cities Academy High School MN 97.25 99.8 99.67 44.23
43 Palos Verdes Peninsula High CA 97.19 96.34 73.19 3.66
44 Debakey High School For Health Professions TX 97.12 84.04 93.92 39.49
45 Woodbury Senior High MN 97.06 79.4 94.44 14.46
46 Marlboro High NJ 96.99 91.56 68.8 3.42
47 Upper Saint Clair HS PA 96.93 90.19 91.3 3.93
48 Waukesha Engineering Preparatory Academy WI 96.86 65.53 69.26 15.28
49 Mountain Lakes High NJ 96.8 88.62 79.14 0.72
50 Pittsford Mendon High School NY 96.73 83.45 84.24 2.63
51 Orono Senior High MN 96.66 81.95 89.99 6.81
52 Academy For Perform Arts NJ 96.6 92.54 99.93 13.99
53 East Grand Rapids High School MI 96.53 90.84 70.63 9.49
54 Leland High CA 96.47 92.35 55.2 22.46
55 Adlai E Stevenson High School IL 96.4 81.16 50.16 4.24
56 Palo Alto High CA 96.34 78.94 17.92 6.04
57 Indian Hill High School OH 96.27 84.43 95.09 5.73
58 New Hope-Solebury HS PA 96.21 92.87 77.24 2.61
59 Northern Highlands Reg High NJ 96.14 88.75 78.42 0.52
60 Woodbridge High CA 96.08 93.13 51.6 14.79
61 OCHSA CA 96.01 95.49 73.25 6.39
62 Haslett High School MI 95.95 76 93.13 17.12
63 Benjamin Franklin High School LA 95.88 91.89 48.01 29.59
64 Hudson High School OH 95.81 95.68 65.66 4.66
65 North Allegheny SHS PA 95.75 72.79 78.29 3.91
66 Chagrin Falls High School OH 95.68 82.28 76.06 5.39
67 York Suburban SHS PA 95.62 73.38 55.98 22.95
68 Unionville High School PA 95.55 84.37 65.4 1.67
69 Pleasantville High School NY 95.49 84.96 50.62 2.73
70 Dobbs Ferry High School NY 95.42 91.11 46.04 11.09
71 Los Altos High CA 95.36 90.52 43.1 8.19
72 Early College High School At Carver GA 95.29 99.35 96.4 78.05
73 Rhinebeck Senior High School NY 95.23 89.47 76.85 8.79
74 Monte Vista High CA 95.16 84.89 70.96 0.19
75 Brooklyn Latin School NY 95.09 97.97 78.16 64.96
76 Glen Rock High NJ 95.03 80.58 61.94 0.41
77 Foothill Technology High CA 94.96 88.82 72.33 29.68
78 Council Rock HS North PA 94.9 81.29 64.42 3.64
79 Pelham Memorial High School NY 94.83 82.93 77.83 6.49
80 Cresskill Jr Sr High School NJ 94.77 93.33 86.27 3.21
81 Westshore Junior/Senior High School FL 94.7 99.02 84.96 7.47
82 Weston High MA 94.64 86.33 47.22 3.57
83 Columbus High School GA 94.57 96.53 92.28 18.83
84 Syosset Senior High School NY 94.51 94.18 78.22 2.02
85 Madeira High School OH 94.44 66.12 66.58 7.57
86 Groton Dunstable Regional MA 94.38 84.17 63.57 1.51
87 Los Alamitos High CA 94.31 75.34 68.93 34.85
88 Oakville Sr. High MO 94.24 92.28 78.61 9.58
89 John Hersey High School IL 94.18 83.19 82.8 13.36
90 Groveton High School NH 94.11 45.65 75.67 43.67
91 Poolesville High MD 94.05 79.66 43.36 5.11
92 Blue Valley North High KS 93.98 77.31 45.85 8.73
93 Palos Verdes High CA 93.92 96.4 78.02 0.94
94 Concord Carlisle High MA 93.85 41.07 51.8 4.8
95 Analy High CA 93.79 94.51 64.49 15.92
96 Great Lakes Bay Early College MI 93.72 98.63 89.47 24
97 Greely High School ME 93.66 65.21 29.89 2.43
98 Westwood High ME 93.59 89.93 92.48 5.53
99 Mariemont High School OH 93.53 69.33 71.68 10.45
100 Mounds View Senior High MN 93.46 62.59 65.79 11.12
101 Governor’s School For Arts And Humanities SC 93.39 94.57 95.49 0
102 Dublin Jerome High School OH 93.33 82.54 73.12 1.74
103 Highland Park High School TX 93.26 92.09 74.36 0
104 Mound-Westonka High School MN 93.2 87.38 53.11 22.26
105 Governor Livingston H S NJ 93.13 79.92 77.63 1.14
106 Medfield Senior High MA 93.07 85.48 51.47 2.45
107 Hamilton-Wenham Regional High MA 93 86.4 76.52 4.26
108 Plainview Old Bethpage JFK High School NY 92.94 88.55 65.47 3.71
109 Troy High School MI 92.87 85.68 41.47 10.96
110 Oyster River High School NH 92.81 83.13 67.3 5.79
111 Croton Harmon High School NY 92.74 90.65 86.85 0
112 Amity Regional High School CT 92.67 79.2 60.76 4.41
113 Wm Fremd High School IL 92.61 80.84 39.96 7.97
114 Eagle High School ID 92.54 87.64 62.92 19.2
115 Technical School Teterboro NJ 92.48 96.6 88.69 9.85
116 Wyoming High School OH 92.41 80.71 72.86 14.17
117 Westlake H S TX 92.35 92.41 43.82 2.77
118 University High CA 92.28 41.6 60.82 11.51
119 Utah County Academy Of Science (UCAS) UT 92.22 89.73 77.37 27.25
120 Metro High MO 92.15 93.98 90.71 40.43
121 Moreno Valley High NM 92.09 99.48 92.81 0
122 Central Bucks HS-West PA 92.02 75.67 80.9 5.21
123 Cranford Sr High NJ 91.96 90.06 55.92 3.54
124 Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center – Red Mountain AZ 91.89 89.01 94.77 11.57
125 Marblehead High MA 91.82 68.74 77.5 8.85
126 Madison High VA 91.76 70.63 59.45 6.74
127 Barrington High School IL 91.69 82.21 29.56 15.61
128 Canyon High CA 91.63 95.75 66.32 2.05
129 Carnegie Vanguard H S TX 91.56 72.6 83.71 20.84
130 East Brunswick High NJ 91.5 80.31 50.36 11.42
131 Williams Bay High WI 91.43 98.3 84.57 26.14
132 Summit Sr High NJ 91.37 79.27 54.61 14.78
133 Hay Springs High School NE 91.3 71.55 81.82 44
134 Newbury Park High CA 91.24 83.58 63.18 20.31
135 Belmont High MA 91.17 73.32 40.61 7.48
136 Auburn Senior High MA 91.11 94.38 52.85 16.6
137 Oak Park High CA 91.04 77.63 44.28 3.69
138 Alexander W Dreyfoos Junior School Of The Arts FL 90.97 86.85 68.87 16.44
139 William & Marian Ghidotti High CA 90.91 89.6 72.27 7.39
140 Connecticut IB Academy CT 90.84 97.12 94.7 19.68
141 Whitefish Bay High WI 90.78 64.62 31.85 2.52
142 Campbell High School NH 90.71 85.42 82.21 10.66
143 Foothill High CA 90.65 87.57 84.43 1.67
144 Pennsbury HS PA 90.58 77.11 57.42 14.03
145 Dekalb School Of The Arts GA 90.52 99.61 97.19 76.95
146 Shrewsbury Sr High MA 90.45 85.09 35.78 14.1
147 Flower Mound H S TX 90.39 86.72 96.53 2.93
148 Rocky River High School OH 90.32 78.22 52.06 11.15
149 Dr. T. J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy CA 90.26 97.91 74.62 98.79
150 Morton High School IL 90.19 75.47 45.19 9.43
151 Brownsville Early College H S TX 90.12 98.95 81.43 0
152 Thomas Jefferson High School For Advanced Studies LA 90.06 96.73 74.49 42.69
153 Albert Einstein Academy For Letters, Arts And Science CA 89.99 85.74 69.98 98.84
154 Grove CA 89.93 99.28 76.13 9.79
155 Young Magnet High School IL 89.86 62.39 65.99 38.12
156 The Science Academy Of South Texas TX 89.8 95.95 98.23 42.09
157 South Pasadena Senior High CA 89.73 88.1 23.09 1.22
158 Groton Area High School – 01 SD 89.67 88.69 88.55 12.89
159 Mercer Island High School WA 89.6 77.57 24.07 4.06
160 Bayport Blue Point High School NY 89.54 84.3 96.6 4.55
161 Garnet Valley HS PA 89.47 75.87 62.66 7.23
162 Nashoba Regional MA 89.4 62.72 37.54 7.28
163 Cedar Hill Collegiate H S TX 89.34 82.47 97.97 41.57
164 Litchfield High School CT 89.27 89.34 95.95 11.42
165 Upper Arlington High School OH 89.21 85.87 57.68 0
166 Colts Neck High School NJ 89.14 86.59 97.71 6.81
167 Boerne H S TX 89.08 77.44 64.29 21.53
168 Greenwich High School CT 89.01 72.14 40.42 13.06
169 Great Valley HS PA 88.95 72.4 64.81 8.08
170 Thomas S. Wootton High MD 88.88 49.9 45.59 4.23
171 Westview High CA 88.82 82.41 59.06 2.28
172 Avon Grove HS PA 88.75 83.71 84.11 18.65
173 Maplewood High School OH 88.69 74.43 90.52 40.69
174 Folsom High CA 88.62 85.02 57.95 14.7
175 Beachwood High School OH 88.55 74.62 44.6 12.09
176 Mahtomedi Senior High MN 88.49 72.47 64.75 7.16
177 Hillsborough High NJ 88.42 88.29 37.15 5.99
178 Dr Ronald McNair Academy HS NJ 88.36 98.36 79.4 50.58
179 Daniel Hand High School CT 88.29 81.03 86.2 3.34
180 Cedarburg High WI 88.23 62.46 53.63 8.24
181 Lower Moreland HS PA 88.16 79.14 47.42 4.35
182 Lakeridge High School OR 88.1 74.04 56.25 12.37
183 Shenendehowa High School NY 88.03 70.7 46.89 9.75
184 Classical Academy High CA 87.97 75.6 57.29 17.09
185 High Tech High School NJ 87.9 92.02 90.84 40.06
186 California Academy Of Mathematics And Science CA 87.84 94.11 93.26 99.24
187 Wayzata High MN 87.77 34.47 56.51 15.72
188 University High CA 87.7 83.26 45.98 8.33
189 Mountain View High CA 87.64 78.16 19.82 7.69
190 Suncoast Community High School FL 87.57 74.3 91.5 23.44
191 Yorba Linda High CA 87.51 76.39 87.51 9.32
192 Hamilton Prep AZ 87.44 65.47 77.7 4.39
193 South Park SHS PA 87.38 80.97 99.08 16.94
194 Walt Whitman High MD 87.31 28.65 94.31 2.49
195 Lawton Chiles High School FL 87.25 88.95 25.9 6.54
196 Highlands High School KY 87.18 91.76 74.43 15.12
197 Spackenkill High School NY 87.12 62.07 49.97 16.57
198 Union County Vocational Tech NJ 87.05 93 96.01 31.72
199 Esperanza High CA 86.98 76.52 56.31 3.68
200 Barrington High School RI 86.92 64.88 35.19 4.53
201 Solon High School OH 86.85 41.33 73.45 8.8
202 South Brunswick High NJ 86.79 69.2 17.72 8.93
203 Gray Stone Day NC 86.72 93.59 93.46 3.15
204 Corwith-Wesley High School IA 86.66 74.49 70.05 43.53
205 Brentwood High MO 86.59 89.54 90.97 21.72
206 East Aurora High School NY 86.53 73.58 62 4.04
207 Granada Hills Charter High CA 86.46 81.82 89.93 23.76
208 Gateway Early College High School AZ 86.4 99.41 89.54 91.5
209 Scotts Valley High CA 86.33 89.21 76.46 8.49
210 Chapel Hill High NC 86.27 76.26 28.32 18.26
211 Loveless Academic Magnet Prog High School AL 86.2 96.99 69.72 11.18
212 Watchung Hills Regional High NJ 86.13 79.01 36.49 2.84
213 Medway High MA 86.07 93.66 48.79 4.63
214 Jones College Prep High School IL 86 79.59 42.12 50.75
215 Central Bucks HS-South PA 85.94 71.42 64.88 5.28
216 Somerville High NJ 85.87 85.94 56.12 12.78
217 Pennridge HS PA 85.81 71.09 88.88 15.31
218 Advanced Technologies Academy NV 85.74 63.96 28.58 38.4
219 Newport Senior High School WA 85.68 60.1 50.23 13.7
220 St. Joseph High School MI 85.61 72.99 51.86 17.36
221 Colleyville Heritage H S TX 85.55 73.9 90.19 12.83
222 Norwell High MA 85.48 82.73 75.93 3.3
223 Rosholt High School – 01 SD 85.42 70.05 73.84 30.14
224 Phoenix Union Bioscience High School AZ 85.35 97.51 77.31 64.34
225 Rochester Adams High School MI 85.28 87.84 65.08 6.17
226 South Windsor High School CT 85.22 69.85 55.72 8.57
227 Fairfield Warde High School CT 85.15 46.7 87.9 13.08
228 East Lyme High School CT 85.09 62 38.52 6.28
229 The Classical Academy High School CO 85.02 75.74 84.76 5.26
230 Proviso Math And Science Academy IL 84.96 96.93 81.23 45.33
231 Zionsville Community High School IN 84.89 85.55 35.51 5.72
232 Clinton Senior High School NY 84.83 78.81 60.95 13.72
233 East Meadow High School NY 84.76 93.85 74.04 9.26
234 Aliso Niguel High CA 84.7 55.26 72.07 0.5
235 Doral Performing Arts & Entertainment Academy FL 84.63 97.58 80.97 51.72
236 Anderson W. Clark Magnet High CA 84.57 87.05 73.32 47.88
237 Walter Johnson High MD 84.5 47.29 86.72 7.73
238 Model Laboratory High School KY 84.43 93.2 81.56 0
239 Early College Academy LA 84.37 96.27 86.92 41.87
240 Central High NJ 84.3 73.51 64.68 2.78
241 Catalina Foothills High School AZ 84.24 66.84 50.43 7.32
242 Arab High School AL 84.17 70.5 93.59 27.45
243 Renaissance High School MI 84.11 87.97 73.97 53.27
244 Springfield HS PA 84.04 90.45 61.09 12.21
245 Scotch Plains Fanwood HS NJ 83.98 87.44 85.55 5.44
246 Chelmsford High MA 83.91 67.63 85.68 9.71
247 Rockford High School MI 83.85 59.25 27.93 11.71
248 Hendrick Hudson High School NY 83.78 94.05 63.37 13.57
249 School Of Science And Engineering TX 83.71 91.5 88.49 60.57
250 Central High School MI 83.65 69 31 9
251 Carmel High CA 83.58 86.79 62.26 7.43
252 L.A. County High School For The Arts CA 83.52 91.24 61.15 6.5
253 Martin Luther King Jr Magnet- Pearl High School TN 83.45 96.86 71.03 27.4
254 Troy High CA 83.39 48.2 34.92 17.26
255 Metuchen High NJ 83.32 51.67 97.78 8.32
256 Lake Travis H S TX 83.26 71.29 43.75 11.33
257 Fairview HS PA 83.19 69.91 92.09 12.43
258 Marriotts Ridge High MD 83.13 64.75 28.38 4.56
259 Gtcc East Middle College High NC 83.06 98.43 98.69 57.26
260 Bexley High School OH 83 79.86 46.44 24.46
261 Baruch College Campus High School NY 82.93 94.64 76 67.13
262 Albemarle High VA 82.86 82.01 31.92 20.9
263 Newton North High MA 82.8 35.45 41.01 14.94
264 Southern Door High WI 82.73 76.06 53.5 30.49
265 South Eugene High School OR 82.67 54.87 43.49 22.75
266 River Hill High MD 82.6 57.95 38.39 5.32
267 Irvine High CA 82.54 55.79 48.46 19.34
268 Westwood H S TX 82.47 78.68 80.71 12.03
269 Hershey HS PA 82.41 73.25 29.76 11.02
270 Alamo Heights H S TX 82.34 81.23 93.07 15.79
271 Earl L Vandermeulen High School NY 82.28 78.74 56.77 4.49
272 Stockbridge High WI 82.21 17.33 82.34 29.09
273 Mountain Vista High School CO 82.15 64.81 49.57 6.15
274 Dripping Springs H S TX 82.08 82.6 67.04 10.28
275 East High WI 82.01 41.27 48.59 11.04
276 Burlington High School WY 81.95 83.06 95.36 50.62
277 Lake Oswego Senior High School OR 81.88 39.9 37.02 8.88
278 Stone Bridge High VA 81.82 87.51 66.06 6.43
279 Fleming Island High School FL 81.75 95.42 63.7 13
280 Emmaus HS PA 81.69 58.6 66.25 16.64
281 Ipswich High MA 81.62 64.16 61.81 9.01
282 Harborfields High School NY 81.56 76.78 38.98 10.33
283 Western Albemarle High VA 81.49 56.25 39.57 10.1
284 East Greenwich High RI 81.43 74.75 20.86 5.61
285 Minnechaug Regional High MA 81.36 62.33 44.47 10.18
286 New Hartford Senior High School NY 81.29 77.37 56.9 6.19
287 Academy Of Finance And Enterprise NY 81.23 90.26 73.77 75
288 Choteau High School MT 81.16 97.38 91.17 25
289 Saline High School MI 81.1 30.28 65.86 6.99
290 Avonworth HS PA 81.03 65.66 44.41 15.42
291 Novi High School MI 80.97 86 31.33 8.41
292 Cave Spring High VA 80.9 70.9 40.55 18.24
293 Saratoga Springs High School NY 80.84 63.7 52.65 15.27
294 West Chester Bayard Rustin HS PA 80.77 71.94 94.64 8.48
295 Eastern Technical High School MD 80.71 71.81 61.61 26.27
296 Thousand Islands High School NY 80.64 58.08 77.11 25.23
297 Thousand Oaks High CA 80.58 67.89 55.79 8.33
298 Cinco Ranch H S TX 80.51 45.52 48.86 9.82
299 Lakeview Technology Academy WI 80.44 74.89 94.38 23.27
300 Lawrence Free State High KS 80.38 53.43 36.17 25.89
301 Dublin Coffman High School OH 80.31 76.13 63.44 11.03
302 Sandwich High MA 80.25 73.71 73.9 8.38
303 Hawthorne Math And Science Academy CA 80.18 92.61 46.11 50.42
304 International School Of Beaverton–High OR 80.12 87.31 90.65 28.29
305 West Bloomfield High School MI 80.05 80.64 48.92 21.55
306 Penfield Senior High School NY 79.99 74.95 26.55 11.31
307 Blue Valley Northwest High KS 79.92 58.01 65.73 7.35
308 Blue Valley Southwest High School KS 79.86 65.93 49.51 4.85
309 Grassfield High VA 79.79 72.66 26.68 8.51
310 Redwood High CA 79.73 43.49 45.91 2.68
311 Bainbridge High School WA 79.66 66.97 43.43 8.25
312 Foothill High CA 79.59 94.96 64.55 2.71
313 Red Lodge High School MT 79.53 67.17 94.11 19.65
314 Williamsville East High School NY 79.46 82.08 26.29 6.78
315 Granite Bay High CA 79.4 80.9 30.28 6.15
316 Penncrest HS PA 79.33 77.17 56.83 10.52
317 W Tresper Clarke High School NY 79.27 80.51 36.56 9.54
318 Millis High School MA 79.2 68.28 92.02 16.1
319 Taylor H S TX 79.14 81.62 23.22 16.32
320 Milton High School GA 79.07 87.18 32.31 5.8
321 Pompano Beach High School FL 79.01 98.5 78.81 38.79
322 Southwest Secondary Learning Center NM 78.94 77.96 74.1 23.57
323 Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School FL 78.88 97.45 75.15 18.14
324 George W. Carver Center For Arts & Technology MD 78.81 63.51 81.29 14.66
325 Kipp King Collegiate High CA 78.74 98.04 73.71 3.1
326 Waverly-Shell Rock Senior High School IA 78.68 86.53 93.85 20.56
327 Fox Lane High School NY 78.61 84.24 57.88 12.94
328 School 7 Oceanside Senior High School NY 78.55 89.99 36.1 13.83
329 Frankenmuth High School MI 78.48 70.57 80.38 13.67
330 Norman North HS OK 78.42 72.92 87.25 32.32
331 Winthrop High School ME 78.35 97.06 91.63 4.78
332 Chelsea High School MI 78.29 60.95 58.08 10.97
333 Bozeman High School MT 78.22 43.56 45.45 18.58
334 Downingtown HS West Campus PA 78.16 66.71 47.09 6.55
335 Seven Lakes High School TX 78.09 51.93 33.16 7.41
336 Blue Valley West High KS 78.02 60.63 49.44 5.92
337 Wolcott High School CT 77.96 73.77 51.01 19.98
338 Stoneham High MA 77.89 86.2 93.66 12.98
339 Marion High KS 77.83 91.43 66.64 46.81
340 College Of Southern Nevada High School South NV 77.76 56.7 66.84 12.87
341 Butler Area SHS PA 77.7 56.12 48.27 19.27
342 Eisenhower Middle/High WI 77.63 59.97 32.24 6.57
343 Hatboro-Horsham SHS PA 77.57 68.02 53.24 12.57
344 Downingtown HS East Campus PA 77.5 85.81 24.46 5.12
345 Huron High School MI 77.44 63.37 20.99 25.62
346 Francis Howell High MO 77.37 91.96 40.94 6.41
347 Potomac Falls High VA 77.31 91.82 40.48 18.75
348 Brookings High School – 01 SD 77.24 53.24 25.64 15.98
349 Wheaton North High School IL 77.17 69.46 26.23 24.9
350 Lindbergh Sr. High MO 77.11 90.39 40.16 10.33
351 Reagan H S TX 77.04 92.74 46.17 9.74
352 Lyme-Old Lyme High School CT 76.98 59.45 81.62 6.8
353 Redondo Union High CA 76.91 69.98 29.69 4.64
354 Seeley-Swan High School MT 76.85 28.06 79.86 37.27
355 Coldwater High School OH 76.78 52.06 79.53 43.95
356 Memorial HS OK 76.72 81.36 25.44 25.18
357 Manhattan Village Academy NY 76.65 91.3 47.55 74.36
358 Aurora High School OH 76.59 73.19 36.3 9.44
359 Maine South High School IL 76.52 65.73 20.41 8.1
360 Locust Valley High School NY 76.46 90.97 70.83 20.21
361 East Mountain High School NM 76.39 90.32 91.24 16.94
362 Classen HS Of Advanced Studies OK 76.32 93.26 72.92 27.02
363 Westminster High MD 76.26 90.78 67.36 10.13
364 Moon SHS PA 76.19 61.22 55.07 14.75
365 Early College Of Forsyth County NC 76.13 88.03 93.53 7.11
366 Haddam-Killingworth High School CT 76.06 61.35 55.46 6.7
367 Dublin Scioto High School OH 76 73.84 91.69 26.12
368 Olentangy Liberty High School OH 75.93 39.05 63.05 4.04
369 Waldwick High NJ 75.87 87.12 75.8 0.66
370 Bethany HS OK 75.8 87.25 58.86 31.19
371 Centennial High School TX 75.74 68.41 49.77 9.87
372 Spring Lake High School MI 75.67 74.69 82.47 21.21
373 California High CA 75.6 57.75 26.81 3.17
374 Dunlap High School IL 75.54 84.83 21.52 9.56
375 Portage Central High School MI 75.47 77.83 49.84 17.8
376 Prospect High School IL 75.41 72.2 22.69 8.79
377 Santa Ynez Valley Union High CA 75.34 57.68 81.88 0.3
378 Clear Horizons Early College H S TX 75.28 91.17 34.53 28.99
379 Wylie H S TX 75.21 81.1 63.31 9.39
380 Issaquah High School WA 75.15 45.98 30.22 8.09
381 North Penn SHS PA 75.08 61.02 46.63 14.51
382 Seneca Valley SHS PA 75.02 71.35 82.01 9.88
383 Eastern High NJ 74.95 70.31 89.67 9.52
384 Lewisburg HS PA 74.89 56.51 85.61 18.52
385 Bethpage Senior High School NY 74.82 76.98 60.3 11.99
386 Pomperaug Regional High School CT 74.75 61.48 11.71 2.95
387 University High School AZ 74.69 88.42 70.44 53.67
388 Brighton High School NY 74.62 61.87 10.01 11.8
389 Yarmouth High School ME 74.56 73.45 42.25 1.95
390 South Side High School NY 74.49 83 64.22 14.19
391 Ruben A Cirillo High School NY 74.43 62.85 40.35 13.41
392 Ponte Vedra High School FL 74.36 56.05 49.25 6.17
393 Williamsville South High School NY 74.3 78.42 49.05 13.22
394 International Studies Charter High School FL 74.23 94.31 52.71 53.31
395 Baccalaureate School For Global Education NY 74.17 89.4 75.02 44.77
396 Towson High Law & Public Policy MD 74.1 51.6 42.51 17.1
397 Brooklyn Technical High School NY 74.04 86.66 59.32 71.56
398 Bethlehem Central Senior High School NY 73.97 68.08 13.8 7.24
399 West Linn High School OR 73.9 56.64 59.97 12.4
400 Honeoye Falls Lima Senior High School NY 73.84 35.51 57.36 8.7
401 Cheshire High School CT 73.77 42.12 52.39 6.65
402 Avon Lake High School OH 73.71 64.49 72.2 12.12
403 Homestead High CA 73.64 54.35 14.13 6.36
404 Fairport Senior High School NY 73.58 42.84 46.96 13
405 Science Leadership Academy PA 73.51 87.7 83.39 31.82
406 Transmountain Early College H S TX 73.45 99.08 94.05 66.16
407 Atholton High MD 73.38 54.28 40.09 6.79
408 Mission Viejo High CA 73.32 74.1 39.24 9.25
409 Wellington C Mepham High School NY 73.25 83.78 40.88 3.81
410 Briar Woods High VA 73.19 84.7 65.14 7.22
411 Council Rock Hs South PA 73.12 40.68 32.64 8.8
412 Southwest Senior High MN 73.05 64.22 44.15 35.93
413 William S. Hart Senior High CA 72.99 81.49 44.87 16.31
414 Los Alamos High NM 72.92 40.88 33.68 0
415 Del Norte High CA 72.86 37.8 74.95 6.86
416 Rio Americano High CA 72.79 61.81 50.1 27.7
417 Bethesda-Chevy Chase High MD 72.73 30.94 87.31 10.28
418 Jamesville Dewitt High School NY 72.66 72.33 32.44 11.47
419 Middleton High WI 72.6 65.27 19.36 12.83
420 Valencia High CA 72.53 67.69 44.74 5.05
421 Marshfield High WI 72.47 59.19 69.78 25.53
422 Eastview Senior High MN 72.4 38 59.19 14.09
423 Ironwood Ridge High School AZ 72.33 44.34 57.23 7.08
424 Montoursville Area SHS PA 72.27 55.07 75.74 24.64
425 Nicolet High WI 72.2 60.82 22.83 19.16
426 Greendale High WI 72.14 38.46 34.86 17.18
427 New Buffalo Senior High School MI 72.07 82.34 83.58 35.57
428 Sevastopol High WI 72.01 95.88 98.63 37.09
429 Pine-Richland HS PA 71.94 67.76 55.33 4.76
430 John F. Kennedy High CA 71.88 95.09 61.74 6.25
431 Middletown H S South NJ 71.81 81.75 28.65 6.28
432 Creekside High School FL 71.75 82.8 43.95 4.47
433 Chadron Senior High School NE 71.68 62.79 95.42 33.08
434 Hamilton High WI 71.62 61.15 46.5 12.82
435 Grafton High School MA 71.55 70.83 51.34 12.39
436 Tippecanoe High School OH 71.48 46.04 71.09 13.14
437 Arapahoe High School CO 71.42 75.93 51.54 6.74
438 Abington SHS PA 71.35 70.11 51.41 14.15
439 Clayton A Bouton High School NY 71.29 38.13 41.2 7.59
440 Hereford High MD 71.22 28.91 92.15 6.1
441 Valencia High CA 71.16 64.55 42.64 0.5
442 North Reading High MA 71.09 78.55 30.48 9.08
443 Norman HS OK 71.03 77.5 65.21 44.5
444 North Gwinnett High School GA 70.96 38.91 49.12 15.71
445 Cross Creek Early College NC 70.9 98.69 98.95 65.83
446 Irene – Wakonda High School – 01 SD 70.83 70.44 93.2 39
447 Salado H S TX 70.77 70.24 96.8 21.48
448 South Fayette Twp HS PA 70.7 68.54 85.02 13.63
449 Paonia High School CO 70.63 83.52 69.52 26.36
450 Wayne Valley High NJ 70.57 67.04 62.39 9.13
451 Evergreen High School CO 70.5 79.73 27.86 10.23
452 Oxford High School MS 70.44 83.32 50.03 40.8
453 Freeman High VA 70.37 39.7 89.6 24.73
454 Steamboat Springs High School CO 70.31 61.74 50.49 10.14
455 Lane Technical High School IL 70.24 74.23 52.19 60.9
456 Canfield High School OH 70.18 51.8 63.64 13.18
457 Rutherford Co Early College High NC 70.11 60.56 84.04 50.32
458 Hollis F. Price Middle College High School TN 70.05 96.08 79.92 78.81
459 Blue Valley High KS 69.98 57.1 30.61 5.76
460 Beulah High School ND 69.91 59.71 99.87 16.52
461 Bettendorf High School IA 69.85 51.21 83.45 22.43
462 Wakeland High School TX 69.78 78.09 35.58 8.85
463 Coral Reef Senior High School FL 69.72 77.04 97.06 41.35
464 City Middle/High School MI 69.65 98.76 84.5 35.12
465 Northern High School MI 69.59 79.07 29.82 15.06
466 Franklin Regional SHS PA 69.52 80.12 61.28 10.79
467 Freehold Twp High NJ 69.46 78.48 52.52 8.97
468 University High School Academy MI 69.39 97.25 75.41 24.68
469 Manalapan High NJ 69.33 83.65 66.12 5
470 Richmond Community High VA 69.26 97.32 85.15 31.71
471 Doral Academy Charter High School FL 69.2 95.55 64.09 57.4
472 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School FL 69.13 40.81 38.46 15.77
473 Warren Township High School IL 69.06 54.55 94.57 14.21
474 Scotland High School – 01 SD 69 36.17 96.73 30.86
475 Santa Cruz High CA 68.93 19.42 85.22 18.83
476 Boerne – Samuel V Champion H S TX 68.87 47.74 58.8 11.35
477 Floyd High NM 68.8 99.67 99.41 66.2
478 Sundown H S TX 68.74 96.47 79.33 34.59
479 Burwell Jr-Sr High School NE 68.67 85.28 80.64 30.29
480 Stephen F Austin H S TX 68.61 30.15 95.16 18.49
481 Oak Mt High Sch AL 68.54 62.92 60.37 11.01
482 Spring-Ford Shs 10-12 Gr Ctr PA 68.48 57.49 36.76 11.68
483 Kentridge High School WA 68.41 29.23 41.27 30.49
484 Cypress Ranch H S TX 68.35 75.02 51.67 15.03
485 Arnold O. Beckman High CA 68.28 44.74 46.24 17.29
486 Nyc Museum School NY 68.21 82.15 57.03 61.93
487 Oconee County High School GA 68.15 67.36 51.73 21.03
488 Pleasant Valley High School IA 68.08 47.61 60.43 9.03
489 Wissahickon SHS PA 68.02 43.3 62.52 13.79
490 Mount Hebron High MD 67.95 31.33 29.37 11.53
491 Cupertino High CA 67.89 50.1 10.92 0.53
492 Las Vegas Academy Of Int’l Studies NV 67.82 65.4 31.72 28.66
493 Cordell HS OK 67.76 84.5 83.19 43.2
494 Bradford Area HS PA 67.69 93.53 48.66 35.8
495 Southwest High WI 67.63 29.37 28.84 31.54
496 Mansfield High MA 67.56 76.72 65.34 11.6
497 Haverford SHS PA 67.5 56.38 36.63 11.62
498 Big Horn High School WY 67.43 57.23 95.29 15.49
499 Booker T. Washington HS OK 67.36 88.23 99.8 51
500 Sherwood High MD 67.3 36.43 83.91 14

 

Methodology of Newsweek’s Top High School Rankings
The question “What are the best schools?” has two different answers, depending on whether or not you take student poverty into account. In 2014, we decided to address this disparity by publishing two lists: “America’s Top High Schools 2014,” which ranks schools based solely on performance (our “absolute” list), and “Beating the Odds: America’s Top High Schools for Low-Income Students,” which ranks schools with poverty levels taken into account (our “relative” list).

Our rankings aim to identify the public high schools in the U.S. that do the best job of preparing students for college and overcome the obstacles posed by socioeconomic inequality.

Newsweek teamed up with research partner Westat to develop our three-step methodology for 2014:
Threshold Analysis: First, we created a high school achievement index based on performance indicators (i.e., proficiency rates on state standardized assessments). For the absolute list, the index was used to identify high schools that perform at or above the 80th percentile within each state. For the relative list, the index was used to identify high schools whose performance exceeds their state’s average by 0.5 standard deviations or more when accounting for students’ socioeconomic status.
Ranking Analysis: For the high schools on both lists identified in the threshold analysis, we created a College Readiness Score based on the following six indicators:

  1. Enrollment Rate—25 percent
  2. Graduation Rate—20 percent
  3. Weighted AP/IB composite—17.5 percent
  4. Weighted SAT/ACT composite—17.5 percent
  5. Holding Power (change in student enrollment between ninth and 12th grades; this measure is intended to control for student attrition)—10 percent
  6. Counselor-to-Student Ratio —10 percent

For the absolute rankings, we rank-ordered the schools by their college-readiness index scores. For the relative list, we ranked the schools based on how well the schools performed relative to the average relationship between schools’ college readiness index scores and percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-priced lunches.

Equity (Gold Star) Analysis: With the top high schools identified in the ranking analysis, we then identified schools in which economically disadvantaged students performed better than the state average for all students in reading and mathematics. This part of the analysis did not affect the rankings. Instead, we incorporated this step to recognize schools that have equitable academic performance for economically disadvantaged students as indicated by their performance levels relative to the state average. These schools are marked with a gold star on our full ranking lists.*

*A large number of schools did not have sufficient data available from the National Center for Education Statistics to be included in our equity analysis.

 

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