2017 Largest Public High Schools in America

Explore the largest public high schools in your area based on student enrollment using data from the U.S. Department of Education.
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    High School Senior:Overall experience is great as well, attending ECOT changed my life tremendously, I have no bullies now which means less anxiety... I can work at my own pace which means that I will not have to rushed or I will not have to wait for others to finish. I would totally attend ECOT all over again because everything about this school is perfect, you can literally roll out of bed to class. Not to mention, all of the teachers are more than kind and love to help students in need!
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    Ohio Virtual Academy

    • Maumee, OH
    • 417 reviews
    Niche User:We love OHVA. But I have an independent, self starting teenager who has an insatiable thirst for knowledge and truly enjoys being able to learn at her own pace. She is able to work ahead when she can and then take time with anything she needs to study a but more. I truly feel that OHVA sets children up to be ready to manage their time for college. While they do have scheduled class connects I do not see where that is any different from being in a college with a certain class time. Some people complain but its not like you can tell your professor at college "Nah Ill just do the syllabus" and still expect to get a good grade. You have to go to class and do the work to earn those grades. Its the same with OHVA. But if you do go to class and do the work you can earn the grades!
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    Alum:The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School is a wonderful school that enriched my life greatly. I was able to build strong relationships with the students and faculty, grow as an intellectual, and advance my character to become who I am truly meant to be. PA Cyber's program allowed me to improve my academics and converse with my teacher and peers online, usually all while in the comfort of my own home. It is a school that combines purposeful learning with pleasant, flexible conditions. However, the social interaction could be improved: such as connecting more with teachers, doing activities outside of the computer, and being more high-touch than high-tech. With that said, I've grown from the school and made the best out of my experience, which wasn't very difficult, because of the school's dedicated community!
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    Agora Cyber Charter School

    • King of Prussia, PA
    • 238 reviews
    Junior:This school is amazing! It's great for students to learn how to be independent. This school has amazing classes and clubs for all students, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who doesn't want their kids to be in the public schools, and also for the parents who want their kids to have a better learning experience.
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    Noble Street College Prep

    • Chicago, IL
    • 417 reviews
    Senior:At Noble Street, it is a really diverse setting. The staff here is focused on supporting us through our high school journey into college. Freshman year is always the hardest because there are so many new rules and homework on the first day! I thought they were crazy. However, Junior year came along and I was already so used to the curriculum so it was just a matter and finishing the school year. During my senior year, we have been working on college applications in our college seminar class and it has been ushc a huge help. I had no clue what I was doing until my college began walking me through the process. Im grateful to be going here and I am glad I did not transfer out when I wanted to. It was such a fun and weird experience, but that is just the way high school is.
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    Senior:My overall experience at this school is great. Since freshmen year, I have felt welcomed and comfortable being in school. Students help each other and the teachers are very helpful. They make sure their students are on top of their assignments, and they provide us with many resources to help with our assignments. Students receive consequences, such as no privileges, if they have a F in a class. I think this is a good thing because students will begin to motivate themselves to do better in classes.
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    Niche User:Great teachers are what made my experience at CCA, but other factors that could have effortlessly broken it. Without my honors level classmates, I could have easily become bored and lazy. However, I had many gifted classmates that challenged and encouraged me. It's a wonder that I made it to the top 30! Secondly, the flexibility and efficiency offered by CCA allowed for hours of extracurricular involvement which I would not have thought possible in a traditional school setting. Being able to take a day off for testing or errands and conversely working weeks ahead in a particular subject both came in handy and I can't imagine living without that. Local field trips were another plus, albeit one I rarely took advantage of, and finally, the Peer Tutoring program helped me realize both the hard work and the pleasures my teachers go through on a daily basis. It also gave me a greater connection to my peers (other tutors as well as students). I could not have asked for more in a school experience and wouldn't change a thing about CCA!
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    Texas Virtual Academy

    • Lewisville, TX
    • 64 reviews
    Sophomore:At Texas Virtual Academy I am given the opportunity to go to school in a comfortable environment, with a flexible schedule. Teachers give and record lessons, making it easy access when you've missed a session or when you just want to review it. The courses also offer written material and hard copies of things to work offline. All in all, even if there happens to be room for improvement, Texas Virtual Academy is a fairly great homeschooling program.
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    Brooklyn Technical High School

    • Brooklyn, NY
    • 1,465 reviews
    Freshman:I love Brooklyn Tech! It has many great opportunities for students and it really opens up a path for each and every one of us, with different talents. The teachers and students are great, and the community, all in all, is fantastic! The tiny problem I have is that Brooklyn Tech is a huge high school and it takes me an hour to arrive to school from Queens. For me, personally, it was hard transitioning to a small middle school to a school with over 5,000 students! Maybe it's just me, but I'm pretty sure many others see this as an advantage, since there are many leadership opportunities in the SGO. If I can, I would give this school a rating of 4.5 but a 4 is fine for now. Anyway, that sums up my 5 months of experience in Brooklyn Tech, although there is much more I want to talk about!
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    River Springs Charter School

    • Temecula, CA
    • 118 reviews
    Alum:Like any school system they'd had minor issues, but seemed to've been constantly incorporating new changes and ideas. I feel that this school gave me the opportunity to learn various life lessons and helped me "evolve" into the person I am today. River Springs Charter School has welcomed those with amazing academic skills and struggling students. Getting to graduate with my peers was one of the best days of my life. It felt like I'd truly accomplished something for the first time, but I couldn'tve done it without my teachers that refused to give up on me. This school provides assistance and guidance unlike any other.
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    Paramount High School

    • Paramount, CA
    • 654 reviews
    Junior:Paramount High School isn't like any other high school. For example, the teachers actually care about you and won't let you give up. I have cousins going to Jordan and Downey and they keep explaining to me that their teachers don't really care about them and in some cases there on their own. The teachers at my school will even offer tutoring until 7 p.m.. There's a variety of elective classes and sports. The amazing thing about Paramount High School is their CTE program. I am currently involved in the medical pathway, and the amazing thing about that is that I'm CPR and First Aid certified, and when I graduate I'm eligible to work at a doctor's office. Paramount is the only school that provides you with a lot of opportunities. There's a variety of curricular activities such as ASB, Yearbook, Journalism, etc. I'm proud to be a pirate and I will recommend anyone to go to Paramount High School!
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    Visions In Education

    • Carmichael, CA
    • 141 reviews
    Niche User:This school literally has everything. One of THE MOST important classes I feel they have, is home economics. That class was VERY HELPFUL TO ME, and my teachers applied everything I was learning in class to everything that goes on in real life. Super helpful!
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    Carmel High School

    • Carmel, IN
    • 836 reviews
    Senior:Carmel High School is often rated among the top high schools in the United States, and after completing the three years plus the first semester of my senior year, I can attest to its truly fantastic qualities.
    The teachers I have had the pleasure of meeting throughout regular, AP, and IB courses have been phenomenal overall. Each one has approached guiding education through creative, thought provoking, and inspiring methods. Our school principle, Mr. John Williams, also goes beyond what words can describe as does our entire administration. Myself and others feel that opportunities here are endless, from a list of over 100 clubs consisting of everything from Buffet Club to TechHounds to Interact/Key Club, endless athletic programs, and encouragement to be involved, I am constantly proud to be a part of this school, and I would encourage relocation to attend a high school at the caliber of Carmel.
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    North Shore Senior High School

    • Houston, TX
    • 363 reviews
    Alum:By going to North Shore Senior High, I learned a lot. I was in all Pre-ap and AP classes and the teachers were great! They worked with you and helped you whenever you needed it! Also, I was in the band and that was the best experience of my life. Since there's so many people attending that school, I believe the school should be bigger. The halls are way too crowded, but I still enjoyed attending the school.
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    Skyline High School

    • Dallas, TX
    • 873 reviews
    Senior:Skyline High School is wonderful! I have been at Skyline since my freshman year. The teachers are wonderful. They take time out to give extra help. They prepare you for college. I have learned the importance in studying through my teachers. The only thing I would change about Skyline is, I wouldn't leave. Seniors would start freshman training there.
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    Polytechnic High School

    • Long Beach, CA
    • 862 reviews
    Alum:Even if I had the chance, I would never change my experience at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Every Friday night, the football stands were filled with small children, energetic students, and proud alumni. Green and gold was painted across the stadium as our team plowed through each and every opponent all the way to state finals. When athletics is paired with excellent choral, instrumental, theater, and academic programs, Long Beach Poly stands out as one of the state's most impressive schools. As soon as a visitor walks on campus, he will notice the diverse population of students. Students come from vastly different socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Nonetheless, each person touched by this school shares a common pride for everything Poly has accomplished.
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    Arizona Virtual Academy

    • Phoenix, AZ
    • 166 reviews
    Senior:Arizona Virtual Academy allows its students to explore their interests, get a good education, and have a flexible schedule. You can tailor your schedule to fit your needs, whether you work, play sports, etc. It provides students with the ability to spend as much time as they need on a lesson and doesn't rush through things like some regular public schools do. There are many also clubs that students can take part in, no matter what your interests are.
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    Allen High School

    • Allen, TX
    • 1,202 reviews
    Senior:Even though Allen High is a VERY big school, they do a fantastic job of making sure the classes are limited to about 20 kids. Also, they have a lot of amazing clubs for every interest. Our football program is out the roof amazing, know for our 56-0 winning streak from 2012-2015, our team has only lost one game in the last four years. Yes, Allen High's graduating class is almost 1500 kids, but i promise they will have more than enough tools and programs to be successful. Our Arts program is also amazing, with one of the only Jewelry making programs in the county we are equipped with tools to melt,mold,bend, and saucer metals as we please! With our sciences we have plenty of programs to help simulate real worlds. With clinical's, EMT, and Pharm tech, your child has a chance to get a CNA, an EMT (assistants) and Pharmacy tech degree before he/she graduates high school! Allen isn't just a big school, its a family, and i love it here.
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    Cypress Bay High School

    • Weston, FL
    • 1,257 reviews
    Sophomore:Cypress Bay High School is an amazing school with loads of opportunities for expressing individual character and passion. There is a club made for everything and anything, and there are many interesting class selections available to everyone. The teachers are very well qualified, and the curriculum is well thought out and prepared. The amount of students can be overwhelming; there are around 4800 students attending Cypress this year. Areas such as hallways, stairways, and especially the cafeteria are heavy with traffic. Cypress is an all around great school with many opportunities to succeed and shine bright!
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    Waukegan High School

    • Waukegan, IL
    • 425 reviews
    Senior:Sometimes the counselors don't seem to care about you unless you have good grades. It wasn't until my last year that I got a counselor who actually worked with me and made me feel comfortable asking them for help or their opinion in my school decisions. The school is really diverse, and safety doesn't seem to be a problem. Most of the teachers are really fantastic and will help you as long as you try, and they're easy to get along with. There's also quite a bit to do in terms of after school activities such as clubs and sport. The college help is especially helpful, with different aids being available and notifications of new opportunities such as a visiting school.
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    Downey High School

    • Downey, CA
    • 512 reviews
    Senior:Downey provides many opportunities for students and I wish I'd been more involved during my earlier years. Of course, there are always a couple of not-so-great classes and not-so-great teachers but the good far outweighs the bad. Newspaper has been a fantastic experience, and I got to help stake out the new role of being a comic artist for it, which I can gladly thank my teacher for being flexible with me. My favorite teacher has really motivated me to try and achieve just a little bit more, making the school a welcoming environment. I wish more funding was given to the arts, though, as most of it seems to go to the sports programs. It's understandable but disappointing; many schools choose to put their funding in sports over arts. Aside from that, not many complaints; the AP classes are really good and the learning environment is great! I'm ready to move on from high school but I will definitely have fond memories of Downey.
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    Michigan Virtual Charter Academy

    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • 60 reviews
    Senior:I have been attending since 9th Grade (Fall 2013).I was really worried I wouldn't receive a good education from this school because I previously was a private school kid, but MVCA EXCEEDED my expectations.I feel like I learned MORE at MVCA.The teachers are so willing to work with you&will go out of their way to make sure you succeed.I like that all live lessons are recorded so I can go back&re-experience class.Very rarely will you encounter someone "mean" here.Everyone is so uplifting &kind.Outside of school work, there aren't many activities for upperclassmen which is super disappointing.The after school clubs make up slightly for no physical interaction with classmates.I actually helped found the Anime Club we have.Not to toot my own horn, but I think it is pretty awesome.The Read-Aloud Café is amazing as well! Its probably my favorite "class" to go to.I am kind of sad this is going to be final year.I love everyone at this school&it has made my high school experience worth while.
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    Fort Hamilton High School

    • Brooklyn, NY
    • 504 reviews
    Sophomore:Like everything else in the world. You will be successful if you stay on top of the work and surround yourself with smart people. There are always bad apples in every school and fort hamilton is definitely not an exception. The Security is mediocre at the school, while it blocks out foreign threats and generally maintains order within the school, I put my phone in my locker and it was gone when I came back. Without a doubt, someone stole it, and security/administration did not even make an effort to crack down on this thief. Be careful of the locker room. Lastly, While the education is good, you have to be a good student as well and this school should serve you wonderfully. Although I have the college aptitude class, kids without the class may be less ready for college and it's environment/application process. If you don't have the class, make sure you stay on top of your college future!
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    Granada Hills Charter High School

    • Granada Hills, CA
    • 1,067 reviews
    Senior:Granada Hills Charter High is a diverse, welcoming, and enlightening environment for any student. As a Latina from Panorama entering a new school in a completely new community was intimidating, however today I am proud to call myself a Highlander. Although the rules may be outstandingly strict, the educational opportunities never cease. Before entering high school I was merely another student who struggled in every class, after only a couple weeks of Granada I noticed a drastic transformation in how my teachers acted differently; they supported, challenged, and guided me to success.
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