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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    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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    Senior:Indiana Academy does an excellent job of preparing its students for higher education. A rigorous curriculum, highly qualified faculty, and diverse student body all contribute to an outstanding academic experience. Many AP and dual credit courses are available to students, and these courses are arguably more difficult than even their Ball State equivalents–that is, Academy students are studying at a higher level them some college students. Additionally, most of Academy instructors have either a master's or doctorate degree, and they sincerely care about the success of every one of their students. Finally, students come all over Indiana, bringing with them unique backgrounds, identities, and worldviews. I have had a wonderful two years here, and I am proud to graduate from such an esteemed institution.
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    New Trier Township High School

    • Winnetka, IL
    • 421 reviews
    Alum:One of the top public high schools in the nation. Provides excellent education as well and extracurricular activities. The school is located in an affluent neighborhood in Winnetka. There were about 4,000 students enrolled in the school. Many of the students are welcoming and friendly. Because it is a large school, you tend to develop close group of friends during school. It is difficult to get into the top tier of the class as many students have the resources to receive private tutoring to assist in their studies. Teachers are knowledgeable and competent. There are many opportunities to be involved in extracurricular activities ranging from sports, organizational clubs, school paper, drama/theater, music, volunteer work (ie Misericordia, Habitat for Humanity). Overall, I believe the education you receive at New Trier does correlate with it's status of top ranking public high school in Illinois.
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Great Neck South High School

    • Great Neck, NY
    • 187 reviews
    Alum:Great student to faculty ratio. The teachers and staff really make every attempt to make sure you understand the lessons, they offer after school tutoring, free-period lessons, and really to above and beyond to take care of their students.

    From athletics, extracurriculars, and the wide array of choices for electives; the choice is really on the students hand. GNS offers a wide selection of languages, Latin, Mandarin, Hebrew and ASL ( to name the more unique ones). You are Truro you given every opportunity to succeed and the alumni really show you that they've taken every step towards facilitating the success of their future.
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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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    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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    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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    Charter School of Wilmington

    • Wilmington, DE
    • 215 reviews
    Senior:Charter overall is a wonderful school. I love how the people are all competitive and at the same level. The teachers are great and everyone has your best interest's at heart. There is a nice balance between academics, extracurricular activities, sports, and outside-school events such as Homecoming and Prom. However, I do wish that Charter offered more college preparation. My English class never worked on our Common App essay and we hardly ever were updated regarding news and deadlines from the counselors and administration.
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    Raleigh Charter High School

    • Raleigh, NC
    • 154 reviews
    Senior:I appreciated my time at Raleigh Charter Highschool. I previously attended an early college and my transition as a transfer student went smoothly! Throughout my years at this school, I was supported academically and emotionally, given extra help, and never forgotten. The benefit of going to such a small school is that every student is seen as an individual rather than a mass.
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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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    High School Junior:I love attending this school... It's a very accepting community, and the academics are unparalleled. Safety measures can be a little intense, but everyone seemingly understands why they're in place and is tolerant of it. I came in as a ninth grader behind a year in school, so it was a very stressful adjustment, but most students don't have that experience. My only wish is that I'd started earlier!
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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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    Sophomore:The Louisiana School for Math, Science, & the Arts (LSMSA) is absolutely phenomenal. Education wise, I can't think of another school more academically challenging. Not only that, but it's a boarding school so students not only get a great education, but they are also thrown into a college-like environment that really prepares them for the future. All teachers here have either a Doctorate degree or Masters in what they specialize in, and they are always willing to help out. Despite minor drawbacks due to funding, the school is limited on dorm environment and cafeteria quality but that doesn't take away from the experience as much as one would think. The sports and activities is limited because this school is meant for academics and focuses its resources towards that specialty. Overall the school is accepting of every type of person and really thrives at expressing originality.
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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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    Conestoga Senior High School

    • Berwyn, PA
    • 262 reviews
    Freshman:Conestoga High is a great school with outstanding education, arts, sports, music and tech. Academic atmosphere is competitive and engages students in multi-disciplinary view of education. Students have variety of options to choose classes ranging in different levels of difficulty. Students feel motivated to work hard and find their field of interest and independence in this high school. The sports and music departments are exceptional, passionate and talented. While the cafeteria offers the best food. Fine Arts classes provide fun atmosphere to work on projects, and create masterpieces. Students tend to become better students after studying there, because the atmosphere molds them into good students. Think it's helpful to have a team to help students with mental pressure or illnesses. Otherwise, it's a bright school with many opportunities for students to delve into any career choice they want to go into. Great place to prepare students for college and future endeavors.
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    Carmel High School

    • Carmel, CA
    • 184 reviews
    Alum:Carmel high school is unique in the sense that when students graduate from there they leave with more than just a diploma; they with an education worth having. The teachers here go above and beyond to not jut ensure you pass their classes, but to make you care about your learning experience. Being part of the AVID program made me especially prepared for applying to colleges and knowing I will succeed with the tools to success I learned. I am truly lucky to have attended Carmel High School, and I one day hope to go back there to make the next generation care about there education as a teacher myself.
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    Harriton Senior High School

    • Rosemont, PA
    • 143 reviews
    Senior:Harriton High School has overall been an amazing experience. The teachers are what make it what it is though. the staff is so welcoming and amazing and just simply brilliant in every way. The food sucks, but that isn't a surprise. Because the district is wealthy, we have cutting edge equipment which helps facilitate more activities and makes the learning great. There isn't the best sense of school spirit since our sport teams suck, however our academic teams are the best in the nation. I am involved with a few of the extracurricular, like theater for example, and the administration try their hardest to help the goals of each club or activity. Overall it has been wonderful and I feel very prepared for college
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    Syosset Senior High School

    • Syosset, NY
    • 283 reviews
    Senior:Syosset High School is an incredible place to learn. The teachers are friendly, caring, and determined to help their students be the best they possibly can. Almost every teacher I have had is extremely approachable and easy to communicate with. The education is unmatched, but what goes unknown is our great principal. Dr. Durante is one of if not the best principal's in the nation. He cleaned up Syosset High School beautifully and welcomes students every morning at the front door of the school. He cares for every one of his students, and shows it with great enthusiasm every morning!
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    North Allegheny High School

    • Wexford, PA
    • 651 reviews
    High School Senior:North Allegheny is a great school for anybody. I love how they have so many different clubs to join, for example, they have frisbee club, model club..etc. There is so much stuff to choose from! Also, at North Allegheny, sports and athletic, are really big here. Our football team has 2 state champions, since I have been here. My cousins go to North Hills (our enemies school) and they are always so jealous because we always beat them in football. Overall, North Allegheny is a great place to attend, we are dominate in all areas from academic, clubs to sports. LET'S GO TIGERS!
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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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    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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