2017 College Readiness Ranking in America

Explore the public high schools that best prepare their students for college success. Ranking based on graduation rates, AP enrollment, SAT/ACT scores, state test scores, and the quality of colleges that students consider.
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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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    Junior:I love IMSA! There is a great balance of academic and social opportunities. The people that you meet and the opportunities/experience you will gain is priceless Personally, I feel like the academic support for minorities could definitely be stronger, nevertheless it's still a great institution.
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    Stuyvesant High School

    • New York, NY
    • 778 reviews
    Alum:Yes, Stuyvesant definitely does have a reputation of being competitive and while ther are those students who are cut-throat, throughout my time there, I have also met many kind-hearted and genuine students who are not only ambitious, driven, and hard-working, but are also extremely interested in helping out their fellow classmates. Studnets are not only passionate about academics but about a variety of sports, and other activities as well which can be showcased by our annual SING! performance. Becuase of the school's location, Stuyvesant students become independent and learn more than just academics by attending the school.
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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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    Walter Payton College Prep

    • Chicago, IL
    • 274 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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    High Technology High School

    • Lincroft, NJ
    • 67 reviews
    Alum:High Tech is a pre-engineering high school that focuses on STEM. The majority of the teachers here are fantastic but the administration leaves something to be desired. The principal is only concerned about test scores and keeping the school's ranking. He will only talk to a few students and ignores everybody else. About half of the students are very down to earth and will help you out if you're struggling in class but the other half are aggressively competitive and will cheat to get ahead.
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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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    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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    Bronx High School of Science

    • Bronx, NY
    • 690 reviews
    Junior:I absolutely love my school! The workload is demanding and engaging, and the extracurriculars are beyond compare. It's a challenge but the community and teachers help me at every turn! Everyone here has something about which they're passionate about, and you have so many opportunities to find your own passion. We are the only high school in NYC with our own campus, and it's really an added bonus. We have a very open and accepting community, and there are so many resources available to me. I've learned so much about time management and acquired skills that I will use in college and beyond.
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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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    Junior:GSMST is a very diverse and open-minded. The students and teachers here are very accepting of all races, religions, sexualities, and genders. Prejudice is not tolerated at all. GSMST is also a very rigorous school. Graduation requirements include: successfully completing a science fair project, a junior fellowship experience (semester-long internship), and a senior capstone experience (year-long internship), as well as having four elective units including two foreign language, five science units including chemistry, physics, and AP biology, four math units including AP calculus, four social studies units including AP macro- and micro- economics, and four language arts units including AP lang or lit. This is a hard school, but the perfect one for hardworking students, and it really prepares students for college.
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    Henry M. Gunn High School

    • Palo Alto, CA
    • 229 reviews
    Senior:Most teachers are friendly and pretty lenient about tardies and absences (students still do well in school because they're self-motivated). Some teachers are awful, though.
    The administration is okay, although they've made some unpopular decisions. Last year, they didn't follow the AP testing set-up guidlines, prompting college board to cancel the scores of over 400 students for 11 tests. Many of these students (including me) retook the tests to get AP credit. They've also taken a few months to decided whether or not to report students' weighted GPAs on transcripts (which I think is an easy decision: report them to level the playing field for college applications). I know that some of the admins have good intentions (lower student stress to preserve mental health), but they have a problem with listening to the students' opinions, which I think is a big problem because most of their decisions directly affect us.
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    Staten Island Technical High School

    • Staten Island, NY
    • 516 reviews
    Alum:A very tight knit high school with high national standing, my high school is top ranked in academics, studies and college preparedness. We have a nationally recognized Robotics program. The school's small size is perfect and allows all student to focus and help each other. The school cafeteria conversations range from high school games to national science and possible solutions to space and science mysteries and issues. I love my high school and would recommend everyone to try to make it in!
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    Adlai E. Stevenson High School

    • Lincolnshire, IL
    • 932 reviews
    Senior:Coming from a graduating eighth grade class of 58 students, the culture shock was definitely humbling when arriving at Stevenson with its student body of 4000 students. My peers broadened my horizons everyday not only through their diverse cultures and backgrounds but also in the way they encountered and dealt with problems. While my classes were definitely a step-up from my middle school rigor, Stevenson's teachers were not only dedicated to their subject but passionate for helping their students as well. I am grateful for the environment that I found in Stevenson, which allowed me to pursue the unexplored and the unchartered within the context of the familiar.
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    Palo Alto High School

    • Palo Alto, CA
    • 257 reviews
    Senior:Palo Alto High School (Paly) is a very accepting high school, full of talented and intelligent individuals. We have received lots of criticism in the past in regards to the competitive nature at our high school, but I believe that the teachers and administration are doing there best to support the students. All the teachers and administrators are very accessible and helpful, and they provide any support, academic or emotional, when needed. The competitive nature at our school arises from the students themselves because everyone is so motivated to succeed, so everyone is doing their best, be it in classes, athletics, or clubs. Another thing that surprised me was the amazing school spirit. Our football and basketball games have a decent student attendance, but regardless of the number of people in the crowd, the crowd still goes wild. Our spirit is especially portrayed during our spirit week where all the classes compete against one another.
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    Princeton High School

    • Princeton, NJ
    • 250 reviews
    Junior:Princeton high school is a really fun school to attend . The teachers and students all get along very well andstudents learn a lot there. There are lots of activities after school that students can go to. I personally have gone to art club and I had a blast! I am planning to go to bookclub eventually to connect with some of my friends there. I really enjoy going to Princeton High School but there's not that much diversity. It's not a very big school, so there is not a lot of diversity. I wish it were a bigger school that way I could see lots of different types of people.
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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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    BASIS Scottsdale

    • Scottsdale, AZ
    • 51 reviews
    Senior:BASIS Scottsdale prepared me to enter college as a freshman ready to take on the challenges of a rigorous curriculum. Its close-knit, diverse student body allowed me to experience new ideas and interests everyday. The AP heavy curriculum helped me take advanced classes and further my knowledge. I loved BASIS and would not change much about my schooling!
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    Lexington High School

    • Lexington, MA
    • 252 reviews
    High School Senior:At Lexington High School I've come to appreciate a diverse community of intelligent, curious and fun peers. The school has a large variety of courses to choose from which has encouraged me to seek opportunities where I can explore my interests and new activities. The students and teachers of LHS come from many different backgrounds, this has made me endlessly curious about the multi-faceted perspectives of my peers, eager t understand their viewpoints and add to my knowledge base. I have learned to appreciate not overwhelming others with my opinions; instead sharing my thoughts constructively while being enriched by the views and experiences of others! I have come to realize that by empowering and collaborating with others, we also foster our own growth.
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    Troy High School

    • Fullerton, CA
    • 676 reviews
    Senior:Awesome experience. Great detail to education of all students.
    No disruption during school times. Been at Troy for 4 years and my brother was there 3 years prior to me, only 1 incident on campus involving students in the 7 years I been associated with Troy HS. Don't get much better that!
    Amazing teaching stuff, they are always available to help if needed. Plenty of tutoring available if needed.
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    Boston Latin School

    • Boston, MA
    • 372 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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    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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    Senior:Well one amazing thing about this school is that it is diverse and is such a good open atmosphere everyone is so close. This school strives on its ability for fitting in and change! It's a great school very good paced learning and amazing teachers, students, and all around is a great school.
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    Westlake High School

    • Austin, TX
    • 370 reviews
    Senior:I think overall, the students at Westlake feel pressured to do better. Freshmen are taking all Advanced Placement classes and Juniors feel like they don't have enough time in the day to do all of the tasks required of them. I think overall, Westlake is a great school if your kid wants to excel in everything. Socially, it is a little hard to fit into, but once senior year comes around, you are pretty much friends with everybody. The teachers here are excellent, especially in AP classes. One tip I would have is to not focus all four years on getting that "perfect gpa", because honestly, that is not the only factor that gets you into college - so chill! My time at Westlake was great, the school spirit is fantastic, even when the sports teams are not. Go Chaps!
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    University High School

    • Irvine, CA
    • 389 reviews
    Senior:Hello everyone,
    I would like to start off by saying that I have been a student at University High School for 4 consecutive years, and this school has led me to become an independent and outspoken individual. University High, also known as "Uni", offers a competitive and friendly environment where students can thrive to succeed and form outstanding social skills. As a student, you are constantly being given opportunities to stand out amongst your peers, as well as form lifelong friendships. Overall, this school provides an safe, friendly, and competitive environment that invites hard work ethics.
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