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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    High School Senior:Northside is an amazing high school that provides a great education with a friendly atmosphere. At times, the workload may seem overwhelming, so make sure to manage your time wisely. Northside also has a variety of activities, sports, and clubs for everyone. Teachers encourage a lot of independent studying and always make sure the students come first.
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    Young Magnet High School

    • Chicago, IL
    • 861 reviews
    High School Senior:Couldn't be better. The problems with the school are problems that are outside of the school administration's control (such as problems with Chicago Public School in general and problems in Chicago)
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    Niche User:For me, being able to attend Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) has been a dream come true. One of the best reasons to attend TJ is the rigorous curriculum and competitive environment it fosters. The school offers a plethora of college-level courses, especially in math and sciences. In addition to the regular courses, the school offers 15 specialized research labs covering a broad range from astrophysics to neuroscience. These are a distinguishing characteristic of TJ, and allow students to question what they're learning in their regular courses through these lab opportunities. One of the unsung benefits of attending TJ is the amazing staff. Many of the teachers hold post-doctorates in their area of expertise, so the knowledge one can glean simply from talking to them is nearly infinite.

    Last but not least, TJ offers more than 200 extracurricular activities and an eighth-period system allowing students to explore various clubs in school offers. Some of the activities are competition-oriented such as Varsity Math Team and Physics Team, while others are service-oriented such as the National Honor Society and the Big Sibs Program. TJ is really a wonderful place for those who want to grab plenty of unique opportunities in a high school setting.
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    Walter Payton College Prep

    • Chicago, IL
    • 266 reviews
    High School Junior:I love this school because of the interactive school environment, helpful and fun teachers, and the diverse and nice friends I have made at this school. Because it is so easy to cooperate with teachers and other students, making friends is easy and many students at my school are very social and active in extracurricular activities. The school environment although may be very challenging, the student body and the teachers are very helpful and motivational towards my studies and my success.
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    Bergen County Academies

    • Hackensack, NJ
    • 377 reviews
    High School Junior:Overall, this school is a great experience and a ton of fun to be in. The academics are so high that you basically take college classes and most of the people are friendly and fun to be around.
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    Academy for Allied Health Science

    • Scotch Plains, NJ
    • 87 reviews
    High School Freshman:The students and the staff make this school unique and I absolutely adore going to this high school. It is much better than having to go to any other high school. Additionally, all of the students are intelligent and bullying is pretty much nonexistent here.
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    Lane Tech College Prep High School

    • Chicago, IL
    • 2,205 reviews
    Niche User:A 4-story building housing +4,000 students where everyone can get a sample of everything that makes the world go around is quite impressive. There is a group of friends for everyone. There is almost any AP course you can fathom. There is any sport you can imagine. There are opportunities you had no idea even existed. Being a Lane Tech student, you are automatically loved/hated by everyone. Much respect is earned as an alumnus, yet so many people will try to knock you down out of spite (usually those whom have been rejected for admission). We literally are the School of Champions and being apart of 3 sports still gives me chills to this day when reminiscing about the battles fought for trophies and plaques to be placed within the hallways to boast our sportsmanship. The bond of a large family is why this school is so important. Not a day goes by where I am not grateful for having such an incredible place to learn, to make friends, to acquire a new skill, to find a new path, to know pain is only temporary, and to know success is eternal. Thinking of Spirit Week and the annual Pep Rally makes me numb with excitement and my mind begins to race. These memories are priceless and is film-worthy. I hope someday if I have children they will be awakened with the feeling of wanting to better our world in someway just as I discovered that very feeling myself. No one does it better as far as earning an education and paving a path for a successful future like Lane Tech. Go, Lane, Go!
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    Liberal Arts & Science Academy

    • Austin, TX
    • 340 reviews
    High School Junior:This school is great for anyone who is generally excited to learn and wants to go to an out of state college. If you are looking to go to UT, maybe look elsewhere because top 8 percent is extremely competitive.
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    Niche User:This school sheltered its students and only offered the best. It has prepped me for the harsh reality of life but at the same time, nurtured to grow properly.
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    High School Senior:My school is the place where I feel the safest. We are very accepting of everyone and there are many extremely brilliant and talented students and staff at my school. We have a Christian Club as well as a Gay Straight Alliance Club, we have an International Day of Tolerance and a Cultural Night, and we take part in awareness campaigns like National Day of Silence and we have clubs like AIM that uses microfinancing to help small businesses succeed. We are very encouraging of students who want to pursue careers in STEM, and we have very strong support for both music and the arts as well as athletics. Our school spirit is over the roof and I couldn't be prouder of where I go to school.
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    Union County Magnet High School

    • Scotch Plains, NJ
    • 105 reviews
    High School Sophomore:One of the best decisions in my life. I didn't quite fit into my town; I wasn't "hipster", or super athletic, or any sort of party girl. I am very studious and care about academics and my future. Initially, leaving the people I knew was difficult, and I had to make all new friends since I knew 0 people. My first impression of some of my new classmates wasn't very good, but on the first day, I met someone who is now my best friend.

    The teachers, for the most part, love their job and are great at it. The classwork is more difficult and the teachers hold you to a high standard, but I think that's what those who apply are looking for anyways.

    I came to be put in more difficult classes, and I am definitely being challenged to the max. I am three math levels higher than I would have been at my town high school and one language level higher than possible, and though the grades are small, the classes range from 6-25 students roughly (excluding gym class), and aside from freshman year, you get a decent mix of students from all the schools, and sometimes, more than one grade. I've had all grades, all races, all schools, all towns in my classes, which is truly a different experience.

    There are so many things to say about this school; in summation, you should consider it if:

    1. You are academically driven.

    2. You are interested in attending a top college.

    3. You are willing to WORK to have a good future and top grades.

    4. You aren't scared of new competition and going from the smartest to the "middle" of the pack.

    5. You are okay with taking Spanish (no other languages are offered) and are okay with not being able to participate in school band, chorus, orchestra etc.

    You can still play sports for your hometown and can still play in out of school orchestras. Definitely weigh the Pros and Cons and find your priorities; but you can always transfer back if it isn't for you.
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    Poolesville High School

    • Poolesville, MD
    • 222 reviews
    High School Senior:If I hadn't come to this school I do not know what would be of me at this moment. This school, while challenging and exclusive, could possibly be the best 4 years of your life if you want it to be. Sure, we don't have large shopping centers and we do put more emphasis on grades, but we have great spirit and homecoming hallways if you want that experience. Poolesville is really what you make it. If you spend 4 years stressed about you 4.0 and all AP classes then you probably won't enjoy it as much. But, if you balance yourself, meet great people, and contribute to the school, then I can guarantee you'll love it here.
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    The School Without Walls High School

    • Washington, DC
    • 312 reviews
    High School Sophomore:I honestly love Walls. It's not for everyone, there are some who people can't handle the workload, but if academics is a priority to you it's not so bad. Freshmen year can be tough because learning how to handle the amount of homework, projects, and studying is a process, but after that it's much better. Plus, most of the work teachers assign is helpful, although a few of the teachers are notorious for assigning busy work. Some people complain that our athletics are poor (we don't have a football team or our own athletic facilities), but our athletes are incredibly dedicated, we do well in games, and we have access to the GW gym a few blocks away. Some of the best things about going to Walls are the opportunities and the students. One of the best things about Walls is the environment. Each grade has passionate counselors, who help us address issues we may have in school, help us find scholarships, help us deal with balancing our workload, or whatever else. The teachers here also care a lot about their students and helping them learn, and are often available to talk to. We have tutors from GW come over after school some days. The administrative staff are helpful and competent. And of course the student body is wonderful, everyone is generally approachable, kind, not too cliquish (although cliques aren't nonexistent). and because it's a small school you'll get to know a lot of cool people from various grades. Perhaps my favorite thing is the amount of diversity in the school, we have many culture clubs (Jewish Culture Club, Asian Culture Club), a Gender-Sexuality Alliance Club, and we have a lot of foreign exchange students come via various programs. Students are given a lot of freedom, for example we have off campus lunch, which is extra amazing because the school is in a pretty cool area. I'd recommend the school to students who are passionate about academics and open-minded.
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    High School Junior:My school is very unique. Since it is a magnet school! the students apply and really want to be there. It is diverse in ethnicity, ideas, and lifestyles. There is no bullying.
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    Academic Magnet High School

    • North Charleston, SC
    • 182 reviews
    Parent:Students feel accepted and feel that their intellectual abilities are fostered. They are a driven bunch, and the parents are generally very involved with their kids' futures. Students need to do a good deal of work to achieve moderate success, and need to be exceptional to stand out from their fellow students. But the culture of intellectual commitment and achievement is pervasive, and is almost universally adopted by the students. Even if a student does not stand out at Magnet, they have adopted an attitude that will set them apart and help them lead others in any environment outside of school. The students set high expectations for themselves, and believe that there is little they cannot accomplish.
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    School of Science & Engineering

    • Dallas, TX
    • 148 reviews
    Niche User:The students in this school are great kids however there is no doubt of the competition for college. The teachers try their hardest to make the students prepared for college and the future. Everyone excels and if they don't, they become severely behind. This school isn't meant for everyone, it's extremely challenging and demanding, almost six hours kg homework every night. However everyone is really nice and every shares the same passion, the strive to succeed.
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    The Science Academy of South Texas

    • Mercedes, TX
    • 254 reviews
    High School Junior:The teachers and the students have a special relationship. There is a mutual respect between us, and getting help from any teacher is no problem. I look forward to going to class because I know that I am receiving quality instruction, and my questions will be answered.
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    The Early College at Guilford

    • Greensboro, NC
    • 70 reviews
    Niche User:For any hard-working student, the Early College is really the only option. It combines a rigorous academic program with a great selection of academic extracurriculars in a small (almost like a family) community.
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    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!
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    Jones College Prep High School

    • Chicago, IL
    • 498 reviews
    Parent:Diverse environment in a downtown very urban location. New school with all of latest technology. Quality teachers that are involved in helping students achieve their best.
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    Boston Latin School

    • Boston, MA
    • 356 reviews
    High School Senior:Every school has its flaws, but I met the greatest man to ever exist just recently. He is the reason why I can smile all the time in that school. He makes me incredibly happy, he's my best friend there.
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    Academy for Information Technology

    • Scotch Plains, NJ
    • 95 reviews
    Niche User:The Academy for Information Technology is an amazing 4-year high school where students learn skills beyond the normal classroom.

    Socially, this school brings people of different towns, friend groups, ethnic backgrounds, and general cultures together. As a student, you learn a lot about different people and everyone in your county. Everyone at this school is extremely accepting whether you are Caucasian, Hispanic, African, Gay, Straight, Trans, Rich, Poor, etc. Nobody really cares and it gives you the freedom to be yourself without feeling judged or bullied. Bullying is literally non-existent which makes the experience of high school just that much easier to digest.

    Scholastically, this school exceeds all expectations and "high school norms". I need not to mention education because facts are much more persuasive than a students review and niche.com has the facts. One thing I must say is that this schools teachers are much more dedicated to the students than in a normal classroom, this makes classes more challenging but also more beneficial and rewarding.
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    DuPont Manual High School

    • Louisville, KY
    • 508 reviews
    Niche User:This school was unlike any other in the state of Kentucky. The students are very intelligent, but not just book smarts, though that is a large part of it. They are also creative and open-minded. The students I went to school with, I am confident, are the students who will change the world and make a difference.
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    Julia R. Masterman Secondary School

    • Philadelphia, PA
    • 167 reviews
    Niche User:Although Masterman isn't perfect, overall it provides a top notch education. If I had the chance to do high school over again, Masterman would still be my first choice. I feel as though there is a real sense of community here. Most teachers are passionate about the subjects they teach and the students are respectful. There is very little bullying in the high school.
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