2017 Best Charter High Schools in America

The 2017 Best Charter High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and charter school ratings.
See how this ranking was calculated
  • National
  • By State
  • By Metro
Viewing 1-25 of 100
  1. 1

    Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology

    • Lawrenceville, GA
    • 319 reviews
    High School Senior:Although this school is by far the most rigorous school in Georgia, it is also the most rewarding. I have learned to work hard and manage my time to study for all my classes. In doing so, I have learned to value hard work as well as my free time, and I cherish the time that I spend with friends.

    GSMST gave me an incredible STEM education, with classes like Engineering Applications and AP Computer Science to propel me in my career path.

    The culture of GSMST is second to none - our class is very tightly-knit and students are always nice to each other, even between different grades. Our wide diversity provides for some incredible events such as International Night, which allows students from different regions around the world to showcase their talents or customs.

    More about Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology
  2. 2

    Charter School of Wilmington

    • Wilmington, DE
    • 207 reviews
    High School Sophomore:Although there is pressure to do great I think that adds to your experience. The population here is slightly more diverse than I thought and the interests are plenty. There are so many clubs to join and there is encouragement to make a new club if you have an idea for a good club. The teachers overall are great and you are respected as a student here because everyone cares about education which I love. There is a lot to gain by going here.

    More about Charter School of Wilmington
  3. 3

    Benjamin Franklin High School

    • New Orleans, LA
    • 316 reviews
    High School Junior:I haven't finished my career at Franklin yet, but I'm a little over halfway through and already dreading leaving this place. Although it has its fair share of problems, Franklin is a little oasis of challenging academics, diverse viewpoints, and interesting people in a crazy educational system. When I started at Franklin, I was absolutely terrified of having to make new friends. But starting from that very first day, I've made a close knit group of friends I would do anything for and a larger circle of acquaintances who I enjoy chatting with.

    The amount of people from different countries, races, ethnicities, religions, political parties, backgrounds, educational systems is amazing, and people usually don't self segregate which is common in some other schools I went to. The education is incredible; that is not a question. But the true beauty of Franklin is the education you get from your peers who have so much to teach you, and along the way, you might just give them a few kernels of knowledge too.

    The administration has been a problem for the last few years and the dress code is still occasionally a huge mess, but Franklin is definitely on the upswing. We'll also be getting a brand new principal starting next year which should be a very interesting experience!

    Franklin is difficult. No one will tell you that it is not. Some days you will wish you made a different decision (especially junior year) but then you'll look around and realize this is where you were meant to be. I really hope you give it a shot!

    More about Benjamin Franklin High School
  4. 4

    Raleigh Charter High School

    • Raleigh, NC
    • 153 reviews
    High School Senior:For the past four years I have grown as a person I thing, in the sense that I think through all of the possible outcomes to a situation before I act; as well as I know how to write an essay with out major delays.

    More about Raleigh Charter High School
  5. 5

    Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School

    • Marlborough, MA
    • 188 reviews
    Parent:Our experience at AMSA has been nothing short of excellent. All three of our kids now attend and their academic progress has been outstanding. All three have dramatically improved scholastically since coming to AMSA and we attribute it to three elements: Quality of teachers, academic challenges, and parental involvement.

    We wish all schools had this type of environment as we'd all have kids that are as naturally enthusiastic about learning as our kids have become.

    More about Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School
  6. 6

    Granada Hills Charter High School

    • Granada Hills, CA
    • 1,050 reviews
    Niche User:I loved this school so much. I spent my entire freshman and junior years, and spring semester of my sophomore year. I was sorry to leave and I would have loved to have graduated from it. I really liked the structure of the school, the people I met and the environment in general. It felt very welcoming. Most people would say high school was hell, but for me it was a wonderful experience. My teachers were all very helpful and I liked that their classes challenged me without being overwhelming, something I found myself missing when comparing Granada to the school I transferred to. If I could have stayed for my senior year, I would have. But I think everything turned out for the best. I did get into UCLA, after all.

    More about Granada Hills Charter High School
  7. 7

    Orange County School of the Arts

    • Santa Ana, CA
    • 369 reviews
    Parent:Overall, I love this school. It was the perfect place for my daughter. Although it was a sacrifice to get her there each day, it was well worth it. She received a great academic education and also found her passion in film/tv production. She is a senior now and has many excellent film school university acceptances to chose from. My concern for the school is that it has gotten very popular and the conservatory directors seem to only accept students that are already well accomplished in their art from, and no longer accept those having raw talent or just good potential like when my daughter started in 7th grade. Many of the conservatories have no time for individual interviews but make their decisions based on videotaped auditions - which is difficult for novices. The school is full of superstars which gives it a very different vibe than when my daughter started there. Maybe this is not a bad thing? However, I am thankful my daughter was fortunate to get in when it was a safe place to learn and experiment and find her place in the arts.

    More about Orange County School of the Arts
  8. 8

    BASIS Chandler

    • Chandler, AZ
    • 24 reviews
  9. 9

    BASIS Tucson North

    • Tucson, AZ
    • 22 reviews
  10. 10

    BASIS Scottsdale

    • Scottsdale, AZ
    • 49 reviews
    High School Senior:If there is one thing BASIS has, it is nerds. Everyone is a nerd. This is what makes it such a great academic school. Everyone gets along, everyone helps one another, everyone cares for one another. It is almost like a utopian haven. Teachers are fun to be around as they all have their quirks and are knowledgeable in their respective fields. With a great student populace and teachers, how could I want anything else?

    More about BASIS Scottsdale
  11. 11

    BASIS Oro Valley

    • Oro Valley, AZ
    • 42 reviews
    High School Senior:BASIS has opened my mind and provided me with the education to go very far. The connections I've made with the teachers will last for the rest of my life. It's a community unlike any other that I've been apart of: inclusive, supportive, and ambitious.

    More about BASIS Oro Valley
  12. 12

    Florida State University School

    • Tallahassee, FL
    • 294 reviews
    Niche User:I have made a lot of friends, established relations with professors who have contributed to the world with heir research, broadened my interests, and understand myself and others throughout the years.

    More about Florida State University School
  13. 13

    Peak to Peak Charter School

    • Lafayette, CO
    • 387 reviews
    High School Senior:Peak To Peak Charter School is one of the top rated schools in Colorado. Being enrolled in Peak to Peak is one of the greatest gifts given to me because the teachers and college counseling program helped all students with the college application process. Peak to Peak is one of the only schools that offer guidance through college for all students applying for college.

    More about Peak to Peak Charter School
  14. 14

    Lusher Charter School

    • New Orleans, LA
    • 167 reviews
    Niche User:One of the best things about this school is that it really focuses on the student and self expression. From when you enter the high school you're allowed to pick a path, whether its visual arts, dance, math, etc. that you can follow through out your four years and be fully immersed in. I chose to enter visual arts, with little to no real knowledge about drawing. In four years in the intensive arts program, I learned college level skills, using professional materials, that allowed me to put on an entire art show by myself by my senior year. I filled an entire wall with a screenprinted wall paper, and displayed many fashion designs I created. Academically, it is also very easy to choose your own path. You can choose from an array of classes depending on your interests, and teachers are always there to help even after school. Also, by senior year, once you've completed many credits, you can work on earning college credit by taking classes at Tulane University, which is a very well known university. The classes are among college freshman, and it gives Lusher students a sneak peek at what college will be like. Overall, Lusher school provides students with incredible opportunities, such as how many of this years graduating class enrolled in Ivy Leagues, one of our students is a National Student Poet who introduced Barrack Obama at an event, and we also have many students with an array of artistic accomplishments.

    More about Lusher Charter School
  15. 15

    Pacific Collegiate Charter School

    • Santa Cruz, CA
    • 65 reviews
    High School Senior:I love PCS, but it is not the school for everyone. If you are driven and self-motivated then it will be perfect for you and you will have a fulfilling experience. However, if you are just looking for somewhere to go to school and kind of coast through, you will crash and burn. For someone who loves learning and wants to get the best education they can, PCS is a dream come true.

    More about Pacific Collegiate Charter School
  16. 16

    Walton High School

    • Marietta, GA
    • 377 reviews
    High School Senior:There are many opportunities given to the students at Walton to enjoy their high school experience. There is a club for just about anyone and if there isn't a club that you want to join, you can create a club through the administrators. Walton High School is very diverse which allows everyone to find a group to fit in with. Something that makes Walton High School unique is that on Wednesdays, we have things called Walton Enrichment Blocks (W.E.B.) where classes are thirty minutes long and students are released from school at 12:42. This allows students to spend the afternoon with teachers and get help in school. It has been very beneficial to me as well as many others at Walton. Walton is rigorous school but challenges me to push myself to do the very best.

    More about Walton High School
  17. 17

    Uplift North Hills Preparatory

    • Irving, TX
    • 192 reviews
    High School Senior:NHP is very diverse. Everyone is exposed to people from all sorts of culture. Even though the academics are overwhelming, the peers support another. The student body is a family. There's no place like North Hills.

    More about Uplift North Hills Preparatory
  18. 18

    Itineris Early College High School

    • West Jordan, UT
    • 243 reviews
    High School Sophomore:Itineris Early College High School is the best for several reasons. The first being that the teachers are great teachers, they want to be your friend and they are open for suggestions. It is also good because it prepares you for college by the teachers actually teaching you how to succeed in college and because the teachers and administrators don't want to, and won't try to baby sit you.

    More about Itineris Early College High School
  19. 19

    Haas Hall Academy

    • Fayetteville, AR
    • 103 reviews
    High School Senior:The school is a very academically accelerated and provides each student with the ability to advance when ready at any point in his or her's high school career. The teachers and staff are not only well-qualified but unique; each teacher has shown their spirit in each and every student at the school.

    More about Haas Hall Academy
  20. 20

    University Preparatory

    • Redding, CA
    • 169 reviews
    Niche User:My rating was "It's the best" because it was the best for me. I came from a small school in elementary and middle school. This school was much larger in comparison but not so large that I was overwhelmed by the transition. I easily made friends and found teacher mentors that I hold in the highest regards.

    More about University Preparatory
  21. 21

    University High School

    • Fresno, CA
    • 205 reviews
    High School Senior:The teachers genuinely care if we succeed, which makes learning much easier for us students. The school's diversity is one of the best things about UHS.

    More about University High School
  22. 22

    Paragon Science Academy

    • Chandler, AZ
    • 11 reviews
  23. 23

    Helix High School

    • La Mesa, CA
    • 593 reviews
    High School Junior:My siblings and I chose to attend Helix, despite the numerous closer schools, and I by no means regret it. It is a college-prep school that offers so many opportunities to learn more, challenge yourself, better yourself, and learn with a diverse student body. There are so many services, including morning tutorials, writing labs, and the incredible staff, that your success relies your willingness to work hard and take advantage of the opportunities Helix offers.

    Additionally, we are also the best school- charter, public, or private- in the area, and our scores prove that.

    More about Helix High School
  24. 24

    Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Middle/High School

    • Fort Worth, TX
    • 93 reviews
    High School Senior:I have found FWAFA to be academically challenging, and an excellent training ground for the arts. The teachers are loving and devoted far beyond the call of duty, and the student body is engaged and willing to learn. It is a school of choice, so all have chosen to attend school at FWAFA. Overall, I have loved my time there.

    More about Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Middle/High School
  25. 25

    University Preparatory Academy Charter School

    • San Jose, CA
    • 119 reviews
    Niche User:The small class sizes really make this school unique, you get the individual attention to get the best learning experience at a public school that is worth private school education.

    More about University Preparatory Academy Charter School