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  1. #1 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    High Technology High School

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    Public School,

    LINCROFT, NJ,

    9-12,

    103 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Choosing this high school was one of the best decisions of my life! From amazing teachers to peers that support and get along with each other, High Technology High School provided me with the best....

    Read 103 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 293,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1,

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  2. #2 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Bergen County Academies

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    Public School,

    HACKENSACK, NJ,

    9-12,

    529 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Bergen County Academies is a school for intellectual and talented students with numerous opportunities and resources. The school has a wide variety of classes in all sorts of fields including....

    Read 529 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,086,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 11 to 1,

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  3. #3 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Stuyvesant High School

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    New York City Geographic District No. 2, NY,

    9-12,

    1088 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I enjoy the environment that Stuyvesant promotes especially with the students that particularly create the experience. The student agency allows for an interwoven network of clubs that host movie... Moreover, I feel as if the Tribeca area adds a lot to the Stuyvesant experience. Being, in the heartland of Manhattan, local delis, as well as Battery Park and the harbor makes for unique... Not only that, but teachers play well into the Stuyvesant culture. Many, while unorthodox relate to students through popular media, music, modern events, and even video games. The staff as well....

    Read 1088 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 3,341,

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  4. #4 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Bronx High School of Science

    New York City Geographic District No. 10, NY,

    9-12,

    993 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says The best specialized high school! Bronx Science offers more than 20+ AP courses. The teachers and faculty are so supportive and compassionate. There are more than a hundred clubs, everything from....

    Read 993 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,983,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 21 to 1,

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  5. #5 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Staten Island Technical High School

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    New York City Geographic District No. 31, NY,

    9-12,

    747 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says You will be exposed to a multitude of resources during your time here and welcomed into a great community! While this school may not be for those unwilling to take on a rigorous academic experience,....

    Read 747 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,334,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 20 to 1,

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  6. #6 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Townsend Harris High School

    New York City Geographic District No. 25, NY,

    9-12,

    657 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says The townsend harris high school is an excellent source of rigor without the restraint of standardize tests deeming admissions. Not only does this school have an excellent collaboration of humanities....

    Read 657 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,221,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 19 to 1,

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  7. #7 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Biotechnology High School

    Public School,

    FREEHOLD, NJ,

    9-12,

    116 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says The best environment for a science geek! My child has found his tribe. As a freshman I see him happier than he has ever been in any school. Though I would have liked the school to have more sports,....

    Read 116 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 314,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1,

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  8. #8 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    The Academy for Mathematics, Science & Engineering

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    Public School,

    ROCKAWAY, NJ,

    9-12,

    37 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says The Academy for Mathematics, Science & Engineering is not only a well designed program for students in Morris County interested in STEM, but is also the catalyst for the formation of a community of....

    Read 37 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 164,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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  9. #9 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Union County Magnet High School

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    Public School,

    SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ,

    9-12,

    139 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Union County Magnet High School is an excellent school! The student community feels like family and the teachers are available to their students often. It’s a very safe environment both physically....

    Read 139 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 299,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 21 to 1,

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  10. #10 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Jericho Senior High School

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    Jericho Union Free School District, NY,

    9-12,

    172 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says After moving to the Jericho district from another country, I've been welcomed by the student body and faculties. A few of the newly arrived foreign students who came along with me had received....

    Read 172 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,164,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 11 to 1,

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  11. #11 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Great Neck South High School

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    Great Neck Public Schools, NY,

    9-12,

    260 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Very, very academically toxic environment, it's not really competitive until you realize it is by having interactions with — normal people. Certain people here can be complete jerks, but others are....

    Read 260 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,250,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1,

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  12. #12 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Syosset Senior High School

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    Syosset Central School District, NY,

    9-12,

    353 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Syosset High School helped me grow as a student. Before moving to Syosset, I had many difficulties as a student, and Syosset gave me the resources necessary to help me improve in my writing and....

    Read 353 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,233,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1,

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  13. #13 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Academy for Information Technology

    Public School,

    SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ,

    9-12,

    120 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says This school is pretty great, with extremely engaging teachers who care about their students. The smaller class sizes and specialized programs are great for creating bonds between the students and the....

    Read 120 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 284,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

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  14. #14 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    High School Math Science & Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY)

    New York City Geographic District No. 5, NY,

    9-12,

    190 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says HSMSE is a good school, I feel prepared for college and it has taught me a lot. However, I do feel like some teachers don’t care as much as they should or don’t treat us as well as they should. Good....

    Read 190 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 486,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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  15. #15 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    High School of American Studies at Lehman College

    New York City Geographic District No. 10, NY,

    9-12,

    136 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says This is a small, tight-knit school with hardworking, interesting students and teachers who usually want the best for their classes. It can be intense at points, but over the four years it is all....

    Read 136 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 382,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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  16. #16 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Bergen County Technical High School - Teterboro

    Public School,

    TETERBORO, NJ,

    9-12,

    242 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Bergen Tech Teterboro is really a wonderful school in so many ways! It has offered me so many different opportunities to further my academic career as well as many different ways to pursue my....

    Read 242 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 668,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1,

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  17. #17 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Roslyn High School

    Roslyn Union Free School District, NY,

    9-12,

    130 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I am a current sophomore at Roslyn High School. So far, feel very prepared for college thus far and I can't even imagine what could come next! I love all the opportunities that this school has given....

    Read 130 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,065,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 11 to 1,

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  18. #18 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Manhasset Secondary School

    Manhasset Union Free School District, NY,

    9-12,

    71 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Going to Manhasset was a great time for high school. Some teachers were great but some were very harsh/rude. The grading is very harsh and the competition among students is insane. I had a friend....

    Read 71 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,042,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

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  19. #19 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Scarsdale Senior High School

    Scarsdale Union Free School District, NY,

    9-12,

    121 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says In terms of academics, this school is great. Most of the teachers I had were amazing and I felt sufficiently prepared for college. In terms of the school environment, it can be difficult for....

    Read 121 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,524,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 12 to 1,

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  20. #20 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics, & Engineering Technologies

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    Public School,

    EDISON, NJ,

    9-12,

    46 Niche users give it an average review of 3.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says The academics at the school are amazing, and so are the teachers. They are very understanding and open to your opinions. However, I would like to see more diversity and more opportunities in sports....

    Read 46 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 167,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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  21. #21 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School

    Jersey City School District, NJ,

    9-12,

    282 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Overall a great school. McNair is very much focused on academics, and most courses are either honors or AP providing for a academically challenging environment. After-school clubs and sports are also....

    Read 282 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 693,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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  22. #22 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Great Neck North High School

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    Great Neck Public Schools, NY,

    9-12,

    125 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I love the extremely supportive community at Great Neck North High School! The teachers truly care about their students' success: going out of their way to assure their students' achievements. There....

    Read 125 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,194,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1,

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  23. #23 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Academy for Allied Health Science

    Public School,

    SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ,

    9-12,

    128 Niche users give it an average review of 4.3 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says I love this school! I love having the opportunity to take a class specifically involving health sciences and learning more about my future career before college. This school has great a great....

    Read 128 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 308,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 23 to 1,

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  24. #24 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Millburn Senior High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Millburn Township School District, NJ,

    9-12,

    197 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Millburn is a great place to be academically, athletically, and socially challenged. Without a doubt, it's a strenuous school. The workload is tough - sometimes overbearing - but it does pay off.....

    Read 197 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,380,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 11 to 1,

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  25. #25 Best Public High Schools in New York City Area.

    Herricks High School

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    Herricks Union Free School District, NY,

    7-12,

    187 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says Herricks High School is a great school. I immigrated from Korea to the United States two years ago, and Herricks was my first American school. I had a hard time adjusting to American culture,....

    Read 187 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,328,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1,

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