2017 Best Public High Schools in San FranciscoAbout this List

The 2017 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school ratings. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.

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  1. Mountain View High School

    • Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, CA
    • 9-12
    • 238
    7 Best Public High Schools in San Francisco

    Niche User: Just like at any school, the teachers and their instruction styles differ, and always will. In my time at MVHS, the event that stands out the most in my memory is a town hall-style meeting that was called with the school board to discuss a controversial article written in The Oracle, MVHS's student newspaper.

    The very small article in question was written by one of my good friends, who has since continued to engage the public in difficult but important conversations. In the Valentine's Day edition of The Oracle, my friend wrote a short piece about the myths of sex, the importance of birth control, and where to find it.

    A small handful of parents were outraged by the article and called for the student-run newspaper to be dismantled. At the meeting with the school board, which was held in MVHS's theater, a large number of students and parents came out to defend the article in question and support the newspaper. I remember one parent dedicating her allotted 2 minutes of speaking time to simply applauding the students who worked long hours to put out The Oracle regularly.

    Nothing much came of this meeting, but for me the whole event sums up what was important to me about Mountain View High School: brave students, supportive peers and students, and the willingness of the administration and school board to handle the issue in a constructive way. My younger brother is coming up on his senior year at MVHS, and I know the student body is still comfortable voicing their concerns and engaging their peers and the administration in issues that they find important.
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 1,836 Students
    • 19:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
  2. Sir Francis Drake High School

    • Tamalpais Union High School District, CA
    • 9-12
    • 206
    22 Best Public High Schools in San Francisco

    High School Sophomore: Drake has a really great and open atmosphere. When you first start school and see how things are run you can see that most teachers and students are accepting of who you are, especially if you are from the LGBT+ community. We have bathrooms that are open for boys or girls to use if they identify as a boy or girl, which is probably very appreciative for those students. Drake also has SLC which are small learning communities. The communities are really heavily project based, one is based on the arts and drama, and the others are based on sciences, history, and current word problems. But they really help you improve your writing skills and public speaking skills because during each project we learn new writing tactics to help persuade our audience or to make them really feel as we present our current projects. The counselors are really a big help as well with your education or your personal life. They are always there to talk. I would definitely choose Drake again because even though I've faced a lot of challenges with my education and personal life, I always had friends and my counselor to really help me when I needed them. Drake and the teachers are making me the person I'll be when I head off to college. Its help making me who I will be and that is definitely someone i'm going to like.
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    • A+
      Overall Niche Grade
    • 982 Students
    • 19:1 Student-Teacher Ratio
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