Special Report

Every State's Best Public High School

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Massachusetts: Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science
> Location: Worcester
> Number of students: 98
> Student-teacher ratio: 16-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1480
> Avg. graduation rate: 90%

With approximately 100 students, The Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science is the smallest school to make this list of the best public high schools in each state. As is the case with many smaller schools on this list, the school has a relatively low student-to-teacher ratio of just 16-to-1. Students at the school score an average of 1480 on their SATs and 34 on their ACTs, each among the top 5% of scores in the country.

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Michigan: International Academy
> Location: Bloomfield Hills
> Number of students: 1,371
> Student-teacher ratio: 108-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1400
> Avg. graduation rate: 90%

Michigan’s International Academy in Bloomfield Hills ranks as the best public school in the state. 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 98% scoring at or above proficiency in reading. As is the case of many of the best high schools, the academy is in a school district with strong educational achievement among adults. In the Bloomfield Hills School District, 72% of adults have a bachelor’s degree, more than double the national bachelor’s degree attainment rate among adults.

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Minnesota: Minnetonka Senior High School
> Location: Minnetonka
> Number of students: 3,280
> Student-teacher ratio: 20-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1350
> Avg. graduation rate: 97%

Minnetonka Senior High school is one of the largest high schools on this list of the best public high school in every state, with over 3,200 students. The high school has an average graduation rate of 97%, one of the highest in the country. Over 40% of students in the school enroll in Advanced Placement classes.

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Mississippi: The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science
> Location: Columbus
> Number of students: 238
> Student-teacher ratio: 11-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1360
> Avg. graduation rate: 95%

The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus ranks as the best public school in the state of Mississippi. The school has an 11-to-1 student-teacher ratio, one of the best in the country, as well as a 95% graduation rate. The school received an A+ rating from Niche in measures of academics, with effectively all students scoring at or above proficiency levels on both math and reading state exams.

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Missouri: Clayton High School
> Location: Clayton
> Number of students: 900
> Student-teacher ratio: 12-to-1
> Avg. SAT score: 1310
> Avg. graduation rate: 99%

Clayton High School ranks as the best public high school in Missouri, thanks to impressive statistics like a 99% graduation rate and a 12-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

Like many of the best-ranked public high schools in the country, the high school is in an affluent district with high educational achievement among adults. Clayton School District has a median household income of over $95,000, and 77.4% of adults in the district have a college degree, the highest share of any school district in Missouri and one of the highest shares in the country.