Special Report

Best Public High School in Every State

Source: Courtesy of Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Foundation

Oklahoma: Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics
> Location: Oklahoma City
> Number of students: 150
> Student-teacher ratio: 6-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1410
> Avg. graduation rate: 100%

The Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City is a small, two-year public school for gifted students from the state, and it ranks as the best in the state. With only 150 students, the school is application only and has a student-to-teacher ratio of 6-to-1. The school has a perfect graduation rate, and the average SAT and ACT scores are better than 93% and 98% of all testers nationwide, respectively.

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Oregon: School of Science & Technology
> Location: Beaverton
> Number of students: 162
> Student-teacher ratio: 18-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1320
> Avg. graduation rate: 90%

The School of Science & Technology, a magnet school located in Beaverton, Oregon, ranks as the best public high school in the state. Three-quarters of students enrolled at the school are proficient in math, and 85% are proficient in reading. The average SAT score at the school of 1320 is higher than about 85% of all other scores nationwide.

Due to a budget shortfall, the school will merge with the Health & Science School effective as of the 2020-2021 school year.

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Pennsylvania: Julia R. Masterman Secondary School
> Location: Philadelphia
> Number of students: 1,214
> Student-teacher ratio: 22-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1380
> Avg. graduation rate: 95%

Pennsylvania’s Julia R. Masterman Secondary School is located in downtown Philadelphia.

The school received an A+ rating from Niche for its academic achievement, with 96% of students scoring at or above proficiency levels on state math exams, and 99% scoring at or above proficiency in reading. Nearly 90% of students and parents surveyed by Niche stated that they believe the school’s student body was competitive. According to Niche, the most commonly considered college among students from the school is the competitive University of Pennsylvania, which is less than 2 miles away.

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Rhode Island: Barrington High School
> Location: Barrington
> Number of students: 1,101
> Student-teacher ratio: 13-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1280
> Avg. graduation rate: 98%

Barrington High School ranks as the best public high school in Rhode Island. More than 90% of students and teachers surveyed by Niche said students at the school are competitive, and close to 90% said teachers at the school give engaging lessons and care about the students. As is the case with many of the best high schools, the academy is in a school district with strong educational achievement among adults. In the Barrington School District, 72% of adults have a bachelor’s degree, more than double the national bachelor’s degree attainment rate among adults.

Source: Courtesy of South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics via Facebook

South Carolina: South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics
> Location: Hartsville
> Number of students: 280
> Student-teacher ratio: 13-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1380
> Avg. graduation rate: 95%

South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics ranks on this list partially due to high student achievement. Some 95% of students at the school are proficient in reading, and 95% are proficient in math. Students at the school benefit from relatively small class sizes, and 85% of parents and students surveyed agree that teachers genuinely care about their students.

According to the school’s mission statement, the Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics seeks the state’s most talented and motivated students for enrollment. To apply, perspective students must submit an online application, an essay, and teacher recommendations.