2017 Best Public High Schools in Florida

The 2017 Best Public 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 high school ratings.
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    Pine View School

    • Osprey, FL
    • 275 reviews
    Niche User:Pine View is my home. I could not have been better prepared for college than I was after graduating from Pine View. I met my family here. Pine View is my home and I love love love everything about it.
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    Niche User:Great school, it might seem too much work but at the end it will be worth it. The teachers are always available to help. One tip is to learn how to manage your time, you have free time and you have to know how to use it well
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    Suncoast Community High School

    • Riviera Beach, FL
    • 514 reviews
    High School Senior:This school is unique to me because its very diverse. you learn so much about a persons culture and background. there's so many different traditions and you're always learning something whether its about a student or class. this school knows how to have fun and also maintain a focus and getting work done and passing huge tests all at once. its amazing.
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    Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts

    • West Palm Beach, FL
    • 421 reviews
    High School Senior:I have had a very good experience at DSOA. My only complaint is my friends from school live far away and my friends that live nearby me don't go here.
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    Florida State University School

    • Tallahassee, FL
    • 298 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.
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    Niche User:I would def. choose McFatter Technical High School if I had it to do over again. It is often said that McFatter is the best kept secret in Broward County. There are still some misconceptions out there as to what McFatter is all about. I would HIGHLY recommend that parents of 8th graders make SURE they attend the Open House when it rolls around and get the facts about this awesome school.
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    Coral Reef Senior High School

    • Miami, FL
    • 1,216 reviews
    Niche User:Coral Reef Senior High School, is the best school in Miami-Dade county. There is no other public high school that offers a copious amount of honors, AP, and IB courses to such a large population of students. This school not only excels in academics but in athletics and the arts as well. Coral Reef has teams, clubs, and groups recognized at a local, state, and national level. This school foster a college ready environment, setting their students up for success in life after high school. If I were to go to high school again, I would not choose any other school besides Coral Reef.
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    Westshore Junior/Senior High School

    • Melbourne, FL
    • 206 reviews
    Niche User:I loved this school. I loved the environment and how you actually knew the teachers. Most teachers knew you for 6 years so you really personally got to know teachers. Also, I really like the smaller school environment.
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    Cypress Bay High School

    • Weston, FL
    • 1,248 reviews
    High School Senior:The environment at this school is amazing. there is always something going on and everyone is very involved in academics as well as social activities. The diversity makes everyone very accepting and supportive. i have made so many wonderful memories here that given the chance i really would do it all again. Especially because joining chorus was the best decision i ever made.
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    High School Senior:I love SAS Wolfson. We're only about 100 or so kids in total so we get to know everyone by the end of the year. You get really close since we all have to struggle with our AP classes and College classes (group projects are a nightmare in college if there are no SAS kids around). Even though it's hard work, the pay off we get is awesome. We can get our AA degrees before our high school diploma and, thus, automatically can get into any Florida state school as a transfer. Plus, since our classes are all AP, we get AP credits that can benefit us. We have so much freedom here in Wolfson. We are located right in the center of downtown Miami and, if you don't get caught, can basically go anywhere since we are given FREE bus passes that work for Miami's bus and transit. Hanging out with friends is easy because of that. The only downside is that when it rains, sometimes one of our teacher's room gets a little puddly and that you really need an umbrella to get to college when it rains. But, even with the downsides, SAS Wolfson is the best. We only have four teachers so we get to know them really well and they get to know us really well too. So, they write awesome recommendation letters, especially our English teacher. SAS IS THE BEST!!!
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    Mast Academy

    • Key Biscayne, FL
    • 209 reviews
    Niche User:I loved and appreciate MAST Academy so much. It was by far the best school I ever attended and I am so grateful to have been given the chance to experience the moments I did. From all the swimming courses, to the clubs and organizations, teachers, and staff, this school was amazing and I hope it continues on to be a legend.
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    High School Senior:I honestly don't think I'd have the same opportunities or experience in Art that I would have if I went to high school anywhere else. I get a lot of work time for Art and a lot of quality core academic classes to help build my education.Yes, the work may seem overwhelming at times, but in the end, you'll have built up not only a great portfolio, but much greater drawing skills as well.
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    Niche User:This school has the whole package. although you may miss out on certain typical high school event, there are many other factors that make up for it that you won't get in any regular high school
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    Boca Raton Community High School

    • Boca Raton, FL
    • 688 reviews
    High School Senior:Even though 3,000 students attend this school, the Principal and teachers manage to oversee a top performing high school. The AICE and AP courses available are top notch. The college and career counselors are very helpful. I would definitely select this school again if I could do it all over. It has been an enriching experience.
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    ATC Technical High School

    • Margate, FL
    • 213 reviews
    Niche User:In this school you are prepared for the real world in all aspects. You are able to graduate with more than a high school diploma, you will be able to graduate with a certificate or even a license in a specific area. This school is really academic oriented and encourages students to continue with their education.
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    New World School of the Arts

    • Miami, FL
    • 242 reviews
    High School Sophomore:The year I spent a New World was the best and worst year of my life. I went through a lot of issues that I would not like to talk about. However, through it all, I had friends that I can honestly call my family. I did well in school, we had a lot more advantages than other schools, more freedom. Of course we couldn't have all that without commitment to our strand. I was stressed out with my personal and school life. This made me realize that Theatre wasn't my true passion because if you are really passionate about something you would put in the hard work and go an extra mile if you have to. I rated New World "it's the best" because I learned that it's okay to be who you are, I learned that I am never alone, I learned that being normal is boring, and I learned that I am the best at being me.
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    Edgewood Junior/Senior High School

    • Merritt Island, FL
    • 284 reviews
    High School Sophomore:I love Edgewood because I know that even though it feels like a lot of work, it is really preparing me for success in my future. The teachers are great and helpful, the students are all pretty much friends, the classes aren't too big, the school is semi small, and the student body has only about 800 students for its 6 grades. The administration isn't too strict and we get a lot of privileges. I wouldn't want to go anywhere else over Edgewood.

    Indian Pride.
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    Pompano Beach High School

    • Pompano Beach, FL
    • 499 reviews
    Niche User:I have had the best 4 years of my life at this school. I wouldn't trade anything to do differently. What makes this school unique is the fact that we are a complete magnet program with only honors, AP, or dual enrollment. Most of the kids here leave and go off to advanced universities.
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    Plant High School

    • Tampa, FL
    • 345 reviews
    High School Senior:My school makes sure that inclusion is practiced. One example, is the Varsity cheer team, which I am a member of, created a "Paw PrINt" team which is made up of the special needs kids at our school. Every Monday, we practice with them, teach new cheers, and play lots of games. We also have them cheer alongside of us Friday nights at the home football games. It's great seeing the crowd's reaction and the kids really feel more involved and connected to our school.
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    High School Senior:Every student that attends Terra wants to be there, all of them are shooting above and beyond to achieve as much as they can possible. I would never want to have experienced high school in any other environment where I wouldn't feel comfortable expressing myself and asking for the help that I need.
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    Stanton College Preparatory

    • Jacksonville, FL
    • 635 reviews
    High School Junior:Stanton is the best school in the county, the work load is huge, and the environment itself is very stressful, but teachers and administration are usually will ing to help you handle the work. There is a huge strive from the students themselves to provide the best of the best to their education.
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    High School Senior:I go to a great school. We essentially do duel-enrollment, but we do much more college courses than high school. We earn our high school credits through a conversion system.
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    Niche User:I loved my time here. I graduated high school with an Associates degree because of this school, and I had great teachers who taught well and cared about their students. I had an early college experience.
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    Osceola County School for the Arts

    • Kissimmee, FL
    • 311 reviews
    High School Junior:I love my experience at this school, because it provides me with a lot of opportunities to get involved with clubs and showcase my art. As a creative writer, I get to perform at arts and poetry nights, at the annual gala, and at various other shows.
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    Niche User:This school was challenging but rewarding. The teachers were excellent in their field and helped you perform your best for the AP exams. While I spent long nights and little hours of sleep, it was all worth it because I recieved an AA degree by the time I left school. Wonderful program.
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