2017 High Schools with the Best Teachers in America

Explore the public high schools with the best teachers in your area. Ranking based on student and parent ratings of teachers, teacher salaries, teacher absenteeism, teacher tenure, student-teacher ratio, and the Niche Academics Grade for the school.
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    Parent:My son has thrived there, and has made it clear that he is very happy that he chose to attend. It is hard work, and hard to be away from home, but that's way better than being bored and disinterested for 4 years of high school.
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    Niche User:I really enjoyed my time at IASMH. I'm currently attending Purdue University for Engineering and I would say that my time at the Academy was more enjoyable than college. My friends often reminisce about our time at the Academy and wish we could do it all over again.
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    New Trier Township High School

    • Winnetka, IL
    • 421 reviews
    Niche User:NT is the best high school on the North Shore. If you have the opportunity to attend, it's definitely worth choosing (over private schools like Loyola, North Shore CD, Sacred Heart, LFA, etc). Not only are the academics outstanding here, but the sports teams are nationally recognized for excelling in their fields, and there are enough extracurriculars to allows everyone of all interests to be involved in some way with the school. The beauty of attending such a large school is the diversity in academics and extracurriculars; there's always something for everyone. Additionally, applying to colleges from New Trier gives you a leg up. Again, it is known nationally the rigor and academic excellence expected here, so colleges are always confident in that a NT graduate will continue to perform to the best of their abilities in college and throughout their lives. New Trier really lays a foundation for success in life.
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    Bergen County Academies

    • Hackensack, NJ
    • 381 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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    Adlai E. Stevenson High School

    • Lincolnshire, IL
    • 922 reviews
    High School Senior:The opportunities Stevenson gives its students are tremendous. Anyone can find an enjoyable class with the multitude of classes offered. The state of the art technology gives students like myself a great hands-on experience with equipment some colleges don't even possess.
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    Walter Payton College Prep

    • Chicago, IL
    • 268 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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    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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    Great Neck South High School

    • Great Neck, NY
    • 186 reviews
    High School Senior:My experience could have been better if I had been more involved in school activities but I learned to do so senior year and have had an amazing experience since.
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    Stuyvesant High School

    • New York, NY
    • 762 reviews
    High School Junior:Stuyvesant has always been known as the "pinnacle" of all high schools in NYC, and with legitimate reason. The students here are all diligent; everyone strives to be the best. However, everyone still manages to be friendly with each other, maintaining an amiable atmosphere. There is a wide variety of classes to take, ranging from Hospital Internship to Organic Chemistry to Wall Street to Multivariate Calculus to Video Production! There also is a wide spectrum of AP's to take (with over 30 offered). The environment surrounding Stuy is one of the safest neighborhoods in NYC. There are plenty of places to eat out for lunch: McDonalds, Whole Foods, and Ferry's (deli).

    However, the workload can be extremely brutal. There are some nights where you would have HW for each class + 3 tests the next day to study for + SAT's/ACT's + AP exams to study for. Escalators (yes, we have them) are occasionally (usually always) broken. Also, school food could be better (but that's what we get for being a public school). Despite the downsides, I wouldn't trade this school for anything else!
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    Staten Island Technical High School

    • Staten Island, NY
    • 506 reviews
    High School Sophomore:Staten Island Technical Highschool is hands down a great highschool. It offers many useful and interesting classes such as Robotics, TV & Movie Production, Computer Aided Design (3D), and more. Most, if not all, students love it and wouldn't trade Staten Island Tech for any other school.
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    Troy High School

    • Fullerton, CA
    • 669 reviews
    High School Senior:This school is very inclusive and is comprised of many socially active people who make high school much easier for those who are just beginning. Despite it being an academically driven school it still provides students with school events to get to know one another and let their true colors show. From my experience it is a very safe and secure environment and never have I seen a fight break out through my four years of attending Troy. If the school is still around in the future I plan to send my children to Troy.
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    Charter School of Wilmington

    • Wilmington, DE
    • 210 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.
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    Raleigh Charter High School

    • Raleigh, NC
    • 154 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.
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    The School Without Walls High School

    • Washington, DC
    • 313 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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    Young Magnet High School

    • Chicago, IL
    • 866 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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    High School Junior:This school helps students experience how to be independent at a younger age. Before attending LSMSA, I would've never known how much I rely on my parents. I can now manage my time, money, and relationships in a healthier manner.
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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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    Conestoga Senior High School

    • Berwyn, PA
    • 257 reviews
    Niche User:Conestoga is the #1 school in the state for a reason. A true main line school, the atmosphere is amazing and everyone is ridiculously friendly. If you have any problems there is always a line of people, students and staff, willing to help. The dedication shown on a daily basis can't be topped and neither can the sports teams #PioneerPit. Conestoga is better than almost all of the prestigious private/prep schools in the country.
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    Carmel High School

    • Carmel, CA
    • 183 reviews
    High School Senior:Carmel High School has allowed me to receive a wonderful and incredibly well-rounded education as well as prepare me for public speaking and leadership through the extracurriculars it provides, specifically for me, choir/the music department and mock trial.
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    Harriton Senior High School

    • Rosemont, PA
    • 139 reviews
    High School Senior:Overall, I have had a great experience at Harrition. I am a hard worker and have never found it to be overwhelmingly difficult, so I enrolled in the IB program for my junior and senior years. This was the best decision I made while here. The program is certainly rigorous and not for everyone, but if it is a good fit, it is a wonderful experience. Although we work very hard, IB students form a very tight-knit group that works together well. I have had some amazing, very well qualified teachers who have helped me to succeed. The students are very competitive, but I find that this motivates me. All in all, I highly recommend the school, especially the IB program. If you find the right group for you, you will be very happy.
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    Syosset Senior High School

    • Syosset, NY
    • 278 reviews
    Niche User:I loved every single thing about Syosset High School! I had so many great experiences and made friends that I can gladly say that will be friends with for the rest of my life! I was on the football team all 4 years and it was a great way to stay fit and make large amounts of friends. The academics were enhanced but easy to get a hold of; my AP courses were challenging but I always love a good challenge. Overall, I loved my high school, and I bet you would too!
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    North Allegheny High School

    • Wexford, PA
    • 646 reviews
    Niche User:I loved my four years at NASH! I had many great teachers who taught challenging courses. I felt 100% prepared for my undergraduate career at the University of Pittsburgh!
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    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.
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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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