Special Report

Best Public High School in Every State

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Virginia: Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
> Location: Alexandria
> Number of students: 1,781
> Student-teacher ratio: 18-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1510
> Avg. graduation rate: 99%

Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson High School For Science & Technology is one of the most academically strong public high schools not just in the state, but the country as a whole. The school’s average SAT score of 1510 and ACT score of 34 compare better than more than 98% of test-takers nationwide. Effectively, the entire student body scores at or above proficiency in math and reading on state exams, and the school has a 99% graduation rate among seniors.

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Washington: Tesla STEM High School
> Location: Redmond
> Number of students: 601
> Student-teacher ratio: 21-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1430
> Avg. graduation rate: 95%

The Tesla STEM High School in Redmond, Washington, ranks as the best school in the state, largely due to student performance. The average SAT score at the school is 1430, higher than more than 90% of all scores nationwide. Additionally, 95% of students are proficient in reading and 95% are proficient in math.

Unlike some other magnet schools on this list, Tesla STEM High School accepts students based solely on a lottery system and as a result, students of all academic abilities have a chance to attend.

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West Virginia: George Washington High School
> Location: Charleston
> Number of students: 1,120
> Student-teacher ratio: 22-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1240
> Avg. graduation rate: 93%

Charleson’s George Washington High School ranks behind some of the other high schools on this list, but it still ranks as the top public high school in West Virginia. The school has a 93% graduation rate among seniors. It received an A- ranking from Niche for its academics, with an average SAT score of 1240 and 79% of students scoring at or above proficiency levels in reading.

Wisconsin: Whitefish Bay High School
> Location: Whitefish Bay
> Number of students: 970
> Student-teacher ratio: 16-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1340
> Avg. graduation rate: 92%

Students of Whitefish Bay High School are generally high achieving. The school sas a 92% graduation rate and an average SAT score of 1340, higher than nearly 90% of all other scores. About four in every five students enrolled at the school are proficient in reading.

Children raised by college-educated adults have a greater chance at academic success than those who are not. In the Whitefish Bay School District, 75.4% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 29.5% of adults across the state.

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Wyoming: Jackson Hole High School
> Location: Jackson
> Number of students: 720
> Student-teacher ratio: 14-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1270
> Avg. graduation rate: 92%

Students at Jackson Hole High School are more likely to perform well academically than students in much of the rest of the state. Those enrolled at the school benefit from relatively small class sizes, as there is one teacher for every 14 students, lower than the 17-to-1 average student-teacher ratio nationwide.

Children raised by college-educated adults have a greater chance at academic success than those who are not. In the Teton County School District, home of Jackson Hole High School, 57.4% of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 26.9% of adults across the state.