2017 Best Magnet High Schools in America

The 2017 Best Magnet 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 magnet school ratings.
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    Sophomore:Northside is an interesting school. It is one of Top Schools in the US, which makes it infamous for it being academically challenging and difficult. Tales of despair and struggling make every 8th grader scared to join this small school. However when I entered it I was smacked with the truth, it is a visually intriguing school. The shape is very strange and the inside is even stranger, with art hanging everywhere and colors splashed on every wall. But the best part is the people; the students, teachers, and staff are amazing people! They are open with whatever you believe in and everyone shares their interests and make stereotypical high schools (High School Musical, Mean Girls, the whole gag) look like lies. It is an awesome school, and I'm glad that I am academically challenged for I get to meet people who changed my life.
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    Young Magnet High School

    • Chicago, IL
    • 872 reviews
    Sophomore:I am a sophomore who has been attending Whitney Young for 4 years now and I truly believe it is the best school in the city of Chicago. It offers a wide range of challenging courses for students with all different types of interests. The principal Dr. Joyce Kenner strives to give all students the best high school experience possible and definitely succeeds. The diverse environment is very welcoming and fun. The students are very involved in the school community while managing to focus on academics and sports/extra-curricular activities (with the help of our fellow teachers). Speaking of sports, we have had 12 city championships in the past 2 years, and 9 in 2014! The school could use a few upgrades, but that's really up to the city (and we already get a ton of funding since we're a selective enrollment school). Overall, Whitney Young is a great high school and I encourage all prospective high school students in Chicago to apply.
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    Freshman:Very vigorous workload, and it's difficult to achieve straight-As. The teachers are average, as well. Nonetheless, the students are incredibly down-to-earth and amazing! There's something about staying up till 2am with your peers that makes the entire school closely bonded. You'll have a high school experience like no other.
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    Walter Payton College Prep

    • Chicago, IL
    • 273 reviews
    Senior:Walter Payton College Prep is a fantastic school with great academic, sports and extracurricular programs. Anyone who gets in would be very lucky to attend. It is a great school to foster community and grow as a person regardless of your background or identity. Being a Grizzly is awesome!
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    Bergen County Academies

    • Hackensack, NJ
    • 383 reviews
    Sophomore:Everyone you talk to about this school is gonna say it is a struggle. It makes or breaks students. All I can really say is that everyone here is super friendly teachers and students alike. Both the teachers and students are all friendly and nice enough to become great friends for a lifetime. A tip for incoming students is to get connected with teachers fast. The more connected you are to your teachers, the better you will be off.
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    Academy for Allied Health Science

    • Scotch Plains, NJ
    • 89 reviews
    Senior:My experience at the Academy for Allied Health Sciences has been rewarding and one that I know has prepared me for the next four years of my life beyond its doors. With top notch academics, rigorous courses and top of the line teachers and administration, it is no wonder why alumni return and express upon current students how prepared they were for the work load and rigor that college students face. In addition to academics, Allied Health and the rest of the schools on its campus are home to many active clubs and activities, specifically including the Student Movement Against Cancer and Multicultural Club, which displays our school's diversity and drive toward helping others, and also encourages a multitude of parent involvement. Back in the classroom, students have access to many resources and are never a step behind in innovations in technology. Besides our average cafeteria food, Allied Health is an extraordinary, safe, diverse and academically challenging place to go to school.
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    Lane Tech College Prep High School

    • Chicago, IL
    • 2,332 reviews
    Sophomore:Lane Tech is a high school that holds so much diversity. You'll make awesome friends and connections with teachers that will help bring you up and succeed in life. Being in a selective enrollment high school really pushes you to do your best and counselors are constantly mentioning college, including AP exams, enrichment programs, scholarship/financial aid info, and application deadlines. Aside from the academic portion, Lane Tech is really big on sports! Our school holds the most clubs and sports (boys, girls, coed) in the whole city of Chicago! Being a LT student is challenging, but worth the excitement.
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    Liberal Arts & Science Academy

    • Austin, TX
    • 344 reviews
    Senior:This school is very rigorous. With this comes both an immaculate education but also a deteriorated mental state. Despite it's stressful environment, I am very grateful to learn what I have learned. The people there are all very unique and wonderful and the teachers are brilliant and truly care about your education. I would like to see some administration changes as far as student accommodations and respect.
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    Sophomore:McNair is one of the most schools in New Jersey with an almost 100% graduation rate. It prepares us for life in the real world and lessens the amnt of time we have to spend in college by forcing us to take at least one AP before we graduate. While the academics are very challenging, the teachers make learning fun! Also, we have enough extracurricular activities to keep us busy after the school day is over. Our school is also one of the most diverse schools.
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    Junior:I am currently a junior at Bergen Tech. Bergen Tech is a great school that prepares you for college. It is a stressful amount of work because of its college level courses, but it definitely helped me become a better person academically. The bt teachers are very helpful and easy to communicate with as well as the students. The only thing I could complain about it how competitive everyone is and how conscious everyone is about their grades. Other than that bt is a great school!
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    Union County Magnet High School

    • Scotch Plains, NJ
    • 106 reviews
    Senior:Culturally speaking, Magnet is a fairly competitive school: students tend to expect to get high grades and are distraught with low ones.
    Though there are no sports at school, students can participate in sports at their home high school districts if they so choose, and the amount of extracurriculars on campus--from the successful FIRST Robotics team to the always-active Drama Club--are enough to keep everyone engaged.
    Magnet, an engineering school, has classes specific to STEM majors that are not particularly useful outside of engineering disciplines; the likelihood of one using AutoCAD--computer software used for CAD--outside of an architectural occupation is unlikely, after all. For people interesting in engineering, it's a wonderful experience: the new Makerspace facilities opened up recently (a high-tech shop) and are open to all , and the new electives now available, such as Aerospace and Electrical, allow one to customize the experience to one's interests.
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    Poolesville High School

    • Poolesville, MD
    • 226 reviews
    Alum:Great teachers! Good Classes. However, it is a very old building, so does not have the best facilities. But the students are nice, everyone is involved. it is a very close knit community.
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    The School Without Walls High School

    • Washington, DC
    • 315 reviews
    High School Senior:School Without Walls is a great school because it is rigorous, it is has an accepting environment, and because students can develop good relationships with their peers, teachers, and counselors. The school offers a wide variety of clubs, sports and other extra-curricular activities to get involved in. Plus, we get off-campus lunch! The only downside is that there is incredible pressure to succeed; the workload and expectations can be overwhelming.
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    Sophomore:Academically rigorous, this school is filled with opportunities and challenges that continually matures students to become better people and citizens. Students are throughly prepared for college, and they are encouraged to take AP classes and other subject that are challenging. Majority of the teachers arrive early and are always ready to help their students in anyway possible. Because Townview TAG is a rather small school, there is a strong sense of family and community. Everyone knows each other, and students are more than just another face in the class or a name on a paper to our teachers. I love this school, and I couldn't image attending any other .
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    Academic Magnet High School

    • North Charleston, SC
    • 185 reviews
    Sophomore:Academic Magnet is a school for people who constantly want to learn more and are focused on working hard for success later in in life already at the high school level. While the academics are rigorous, most teachers assist students enough so it doesn't feel impossible. The only problem with the academics is the rigid structure in the classes required. Students have very limited choice in the classes they can take especially with the extracurricular classes offered. Additionally, the requirement of four years of the same foreign language at Academic Magnet is absurd. Personally, I believe once students have completed the necessary course credits for foreign language to graduate from a South Carolina high school, then they should be allowed to switch languages if they desire.Overall, Magnet is a good place for people who are solely focused on academics.
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    School of Science & Engineering

    • Dallas, TX
    • 149 reviews
    Sophomore:The School of Science and Engineering at Townview Magnet Center is a great high school. I believe I am learning a lot considering I am taking many accelerated courses compared to my home school. I took 4 AP classes last year and am taking 5 AP classes this year, but I can still maintain my GPA and not get as stressed as I should be. I am still able to play sports and I was able to receive gym credit for it. I think the only thing I would change about this school is how the district contacts parents and students. The way they do it now isn't very efficient.
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    The Science Academy of South Texas

    • Mercedes, TX
    • 260 reviews
    Senior:Attending Science Academy has been so rewarding and inspiring in multiple ways. Being able to understand what it takes to be successful in a tough, competitive environment such as Sci-Tech, is extremely rewarding. Especially when you attend a school like mine that gives you the opportunities to learn inside and outside the classroom. Not only do you learn the core materials that are essential for college, but you also learn what type of person you are, the student you are and what are your interests and aspirations. Coming to Science Academy isn't always the easiest choice, but it is definitly the right choice if you want to be pushed and excel at your craft.
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    The Early College at Guilford

    • Greensboro, NC
    • 72 reviews
    Junior:I loved attending ECG! It is a small community, which I personally enjoyed. I loved my grade members and got to know each one of them, but did not get to know some of the other grade members as much. The work is definitely more than a regular high school, especially in sophomore year. Most teachers are amazing--intelligent and talented. In the second two years at this school, we take college courses on campus, which is a very new and interesting experience, as well as very good preparation for college.
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    Benjamin Franklin High School

    • New Orleans, LA
    • 320 reviews
    High School Sophomore:Although it has its cons, I love this school! The environment, being around other intelligent kids has challenged me and motivated me to work much harder. It makes me feel bad when I see all these over-achievers around me. There are a lot of clubs and organizations and school events, and I've made many friends and felt more comfortable expressing myself at this school compared to my previous one. I love the diversity of the student body at this school too; it makes me feel not so ostracized. I feel like I'm growing into a better person because of this high school. My only complaint is the quality of some of the teachers, and some of the administration, who are not the most organized and don't communicate with the students very well.
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    Jones College Prep High School

    • Chicago, IL
    • 505 reviews
    Alum:Jones College Prep is a very diverse college preparatory school. Students are selected from all over Chicago, and it is evident in the population. Teachers strive to help students succeed both inside the class and outside, and there is ample time provided for extra help. Because the school is college preparatory, the counselors really focus on early applications to colleges and for scholarships. The academics are very understandable and provide a good platform for upward mobility in terms of class selection. One downside is that the school consists of two unconnected building that are 6+ floors high, so a lot of climbing is required!
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    Boston Latin School

    • Boston, MA
    • 371 reviews
    High School Senior:A lot of the academics are great! I know when I have certain teachers that I will be doing well. I have the opportunity for electives starting in junior year and the opportunity for AP classes starting in sophomore year. The workload is a lot but as long as you manage your time really well you should be able to finish your homework at night, even with extracurriculars. The scheduling process is now online so that makes it really easy to sign up for classes. We don't really have popular classes, we have popular teachers.
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    Academy for Information Technology

    • Scotch Plains, NJ
    • 95 reviews
    Senior:I'm having a wonderful experience at the Academy for Information Technology. The school acquires the best and the brightest students from around Union County. There's even an performance test just to enter even though it's a public school. The school provides a diversified environment for the ideal student and has excellent academic standards. All classes there are considered to be honors courses and has a ton of AP courses for college readiness. With a specialty in information technology and business, the students get a real sense of the real world experience. From the beginning of freshman year, students are given opportunities to obtain certifications in softwares such a Microsoft and Oracle. By the end of their four years, students will be more than ready for College.
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    DuPont Manual High School

    • Louisville, KY
    • 519 reviews
    Junior:During my academic career at DuPont Manual, I've found that most exciting part is the level of diversity the school presents. I like how there are rarely any identical viewpoints because of all the different backgrounds students and teachers represent so you are challenged to think more about certain situations from many different viewpoints, making each class intriguing. One thing that I would like to see change is the level of representation all groups of people have in the school. More so in social groups, but still in ethnic. While there are clubs like Black student union or clubs representing the LGBT community, I wish there were more opportunities where all clubs could meet on a regular basis and share their opinions on certain activities that take place at school so everyone has a voice and no one feels left out.
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    Senior:I love MSMS! It challenges me academically and physically. I never acknowledged how much potential I had before MSMS, and the school has taught me so much about self-ambition and self-expression. I would only change the facilities we work in because they are a little run down. Yet, since the high school is on the campus of a historic university, I understand the predicament.
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    Julia R. Masterman Secondary School

    • Philadelphia, PA
    • 169 reviews
    Junior:Masterman is ranked as one of the top schools in the state. It is a really great school! Everyone is really close to each other, so you feel really comfortable. The teachers are also really great. It is easy to go up to them when you have any problems with anything. There are many things wrong with the actual school building itself, but Masterman is one of the best experiences you can get.
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