In the 21st century, the top high schools in the United States offer much more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic.
This week, U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of the best public high schools in America. To determine which schools made the cut, U.S News teamed up with American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world, and analyzed more than 31,200 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The rankings are based on such things as state testing performance, student-to-teacher ratio, academic achievement by minority students, and performance in college-prep, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate classes to determine each school’s college readiness.
The top 10 schools don’t simply boast off-the-charts standardized test scores and impressive scores on AP tests—they also provide their students one-of-a-kind curricula and diverse learning experiences.
Click through the gallery to see this year’s top 10 high schools in the U.S.
This article was created as part of the social action campaign for the documentary TEACH, produced by TakePart's parent company, Participant Media, in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates.