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2022 Best Public High Schools in the Raleigh Area

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  1. #1 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

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    Public School,

    DURHAM, NC,

    11-12,

    111 Niche users give it an average review of 4.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics has allowed me to grow my potential both academically and socially. The teachers include hands-on labs, unique lessons, and informative class...The counseling department has smaller departments for personal, academic, and college counseling..

    Read 111 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 680,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 7 to 1,

  2. #2 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    Raleigh Charter High School

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    Public School,

    RALEIGH, NC,

    9-12,

    198 Niche users give it an average review of 4.5 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says My years at Raleigh Charter have allowed me to grow as an individual and as a intellectual. Although Raleigh Charter’s academic rigor is challenging, it enables the student to have a well-rounded...The only thing I would change about Raleigh Charter is the diversity. If there were more minorities whether teachers are students, there would be more perspectives to take from. Nonetheless, the....

    Read 198 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 562,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

  3. #4 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    Panther Creek High School

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    Wake County Schools, NC,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says Panther Creek is a very diverse high school with a friendly environment.I met some of the kindest and most involved teachers here. On the other hand, there are some uninterested, hot tempered...Something that I cannot dismiss is the variety of clubs and sports that Panther Creek has to offer. There is a club for almost anything at this school. From Chinese Yo-Yo club to the Muslim Student...Overall Panther Creek is a good High school to attend!.

    Read 525 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,539,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 21 to 1,

  4. #6 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School

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    Wake County Schools, NC,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says I graduated from STEM last May, and let me tell you, these 4 years were some of the best years of my life.I met my best friends at this school - the tight-knit community of your class (~50-60 students) allows you to form friendships that will last a lifetime.I have also had the wonderful opportunity to be taught by some of the kindest teachers I've ever had - I can truthfully say that both the faculty and administration at this school care about you and...The workload was tough - as it is with any Early College. But the students, faculty and administration made it all bearable. Go STEM! So proud to be an alum..

    Read 40 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 254,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1,

  5. #7 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    Chapel Hill High School

    Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, NC,

    9-12,

    240 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Chapel Hill High School is an amazing school. There are so many opportunities for people with all types of different interests. Although the school culture can be quite competitive, the dynamic....

    Read 240 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,522,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

  6. #13 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    Apex High School

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    Wake County Schools, NC,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says It's a very nice school! I moved here a year ago from my country and didn't know anybody. But the diversity in Apex High made it easier to fit in and make friends. The academics was also fairly easy, the teachers made it easier. All the teachers I have had an encounter with were extremely helpful and friendly. The Conselors are also amazing, they are helpful and nice. Good:-Easy academics-Easy to make friends-Awesome Library Bad:- Lack of Competition-Could be more diverse-Unnecessarily long Carpool Lane.

    Read 440 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 2,170,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 19 to 1,

  7. #14 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    Durham School of the Arts

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    Durham Public Schools, NC,

    6-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Durham School of the Arts (DSA) is the place that molded me into the person that I am today. The rigorous academics, exceptional teachers, diverse student body, excellent art programs and caring....

    Read 252 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 1,789,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

  8. #15 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    Triangle Math & Science Academy

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    Public School,

    CARY, NC,

    K-12,

    31 Niche users give it an average review of 3.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Overall, fairly good school. Good academics (offers all non-obscure APs in HS) with strong teachers in all your core classes. More flexibility than most schools, very accommodating of students charting their own course through...It's a smaller STEM school, so sports are middling. You'd think the clubs would be strong, and they can be, but only when students or parents take initiative/leadership and take over the club. When...The schools weakest point is admin, which seems to be quite bad. Teacher management is bad: I've seen teachers dealing with unreasonable/confusing demands, and more than one leave because of it. Perhaps the biggest manifestation of this is that the school is currently too small for how many students it has. A second school has been promised for years and is needed..

    Read 31 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 900,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1,

  9. #16 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    Heritage High School

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    Wake County Schools, NC,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says Heritage High School is a large school with many programs and connections. Our enthusiastic Husky Hooligans make every game supporting our football/soccer/etc teams a highlight of the year. Our teams....

    Read 319 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 1,901,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 19 to 1,

  10. #19 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy

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    Wake County Schools, NC,

    6-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Known as WYWLA, a middle and high school and dual college enrollment, located in Raleigh, N.C.. WYWLA's teachers and staff are very personable and friendly. The academic teachers are very....

    Read 28 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 332,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1,

  11. #22 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    City of Medicine Academy

    Blue checkmark.

    Durham Public Schools, NC,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says City of Medicine is technically a public school; however, with its application based admittance many who come to the school come because of their own volition. This results in an environment that....

    Read 202 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 341,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1,

  12. #23 Best Public High Schools in Raleigh Area.

    Needham Broughton High School

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    Wake County Schools, NC,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Broughton High School has provided me with the best high school experience I could ask for. There are countless opportunities for students to get involved at Broughton to meet new people and find and....

    Read 425 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A,

    Students: 2,029,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1,