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2023 Best Public High Schools in California

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  1. #4 Best Public High Schools in California.

    California Academy of Mathematics & Science

    Blue checkmark.

    Long Beach Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says After sending our son for a year, we are happy to tell that the school is filled with wonderful people.CAMS students are kind, friendly, supporting each other across grades, and caring younger students very well. Parents are very nice and supportive, too.Most teachers have decent backgrounds/careers. It's easy to communicate with teachers and school staffs. Minimal donation/volunteer requests. The school is for students like Engineering, Computer Science, or Bio-technology. Required courses include manufacturing with CNC machines & industrial 3D printers, computer programming, CAD...Located on CSUDH campus, junior/senior students may take the college classes at reasonable cost.More than 50 clubs to choose from. 1/5 students join FRC or VEX Robotics teams. While sports teams are limited, good players compete at tournaments. Dancing teams actively perform at various school...A lot of fun and exciting opportunities at CAMS!.

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 669,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 27 to 1,

  2. #5 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Orange County School of the Arts

    Blue checkmark.

    Public School,

    SANTA ANA, CA,

    7-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says OCSA is an amazing place, we welcome everyone regardless of your beliefs and personal identifiers. Males can wear a skirt and nail polish and not feel afraid or intimidated. Students are....

    Read 581 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,277,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

  3. #8 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Saratoga High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says This school’s actually amazing academically, but when you take a look at the school beyond that, it’s a terrible environment. It’s no single individual’s fault- not the administration or the....

    Read 210 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,159,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 21 to 1,

  4. #9 Best Public High Schools in California.

    University High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Irvine Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I've had a pretty amazing experience at University High School in Irvine, California. They have provided me with so many opportunities for rigorous learning and opportunities to be involved in so....

    Read 507 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,708,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 26 to 1,

  5. #10 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Los Altos High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I've moved to this school very recently, I used to attend Great Oak High school and moved recently. This school by far has been amazing. Everything from the Teachers to the schools facility are....

    Read 329 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,209,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 19 to 1,

  6. #12 Best Public High Schools in California.

    La Canada High School

    Blue checkmark.

    La Canada Unified School District, CA,

    7-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says I'll start off with the bullying: There is none. Everyone is nice and helpful to each other. The homework is a bit much but with some encouragement from parents, it's not all that bad. The teachers....

    Read 350 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,058,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 25 to 1,

  7. #13 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

    Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Sophomore says PVPHS is a great choice for kids who are willing to challenge themselves and prepare for college. Most of the teachers are excellent and well-qualified, and I’ve had amazing experiences with many of...However, the student culture here sometimes gets overwhelming—many feel pressure to get perfect grades and be involved in extracurriculars. While kids here are really polite, there’s always an...The pros outnumber the cons significantly: supportive people everywhere you look, some of the best academics in the state, and endless valuable experiences and opportunities.Final tip: Just be sure to find good friends and a decent work-life balance!.

    Read 653 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,359,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 25 to 1,

  8. #14 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Northwood High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Irvine Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says I transferred to Northwood Highschool from another school in California. When I was a new student, I was embraced by staff such as my councilor in a way that made me feel safe. They helped me get....

    Read 547 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,756,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 25 to 1,

  9. #15 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Lynbrook High School

    Fremont Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Lynbrook is a very academically-focused school. The environment is often described as competitive, however, students are generally supportive of each other and their individual endeavors. Quality of...As one may expect, AP classes have a heavier workload at Lynbrook, but in general I've found that I get more out of an AP class compared to a regular class. This is due to the teachers usually...Support for extracurricular programs such as clubs and sports will depend on the specific activity, as some programs are funded more than others. The school can improve on equally funding all....

    Read 490 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,942,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 24 to 1,

  10. #18 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Campolindo High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Acalanes Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says I am currently a senior at Campolindo (class of 22) and, for the most part, I’ve enjoyed my time here! Some of my favorite parts of high school have been:-stellar teachers (especially Mark Roberts and Jake Donohoe)-great sports programs-challenging but rewarding classes that are good preparation for college-absolutely incredible performing arts programs! the annual musical is one of the best aspects of the school and something I have thoroughly enjoyed-for the most part, students are kind and accepting As with everything, I do have my criticisms of the school.-the political culture here is EXTREMELY toxic. everyone is expected (and borderline forced) to fall in line with far-left radical beliefs especially surrounding CRT. The school preaches “diversity...Campolindo is a great, but flawed, school..

    Read 285 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,400,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 20 to 1,

  11. #19 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Lowell High School

    San Francisco Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

    1065 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Lowell overall is a great high school for those looking to take competitive, rigorous courses. With the rigorous and challenging courses (29 APs, 11 honors), however, it is not uncommon for students....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,786,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 25 to 1,

  12. #20 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Westview High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Poway Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Westview High School is a great school! The faculty and staff are all very dedicated and caring, and they go above and beyond to support their students. The academic programs are top-notch, and...One of the things I appreciated most about Westview was the strong sense of community. There was a real feeling of belonging and support among the student body, and I made some great friendships...One area where Westview could improve is in terms of facilities. While the classrooms and labs are well-equipped, some of the athletic facilities are outdated and in need of renovation. However, this....

    Read 690 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,395,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 27 to 1,

  13. #22 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Mountain View High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says I'm very happy with the wide variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities at my school. There are many AP and elective courses in STEM, helping prepare one for further study in college, but....

    Read 293 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,257,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 20 to 1,

  14. #23 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Mt. Everest Academy

    Online School,

    San Diego Unified School District, CA,

    K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Mt. Everest Academy is an exceptional school that offers a unique learning experience for each student. The teachers and faculty at Mt. Everest are very caring and truly look out for the students....

    Read 44 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 291,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 24 to 1,

  15. #24 Best Public High Schools in California.

    South Pasadena Senior High School

    South Pasadena Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says We have a gorgeous campus! It is outdoors, and there are lots of plants. They look beautiful in the springtime!The teachers are also incredibly nice, and their classes are fascinating! It is rare to have a teacher who does not want you to do well, and most of them offer tutoring outside of class. Latinx...Socially, most of us have known each other since kindergarten, and new kids often spend years alone. It is a rich school with some snooty people, but most are friendly. It is not dangerous, and I do...There is a strong emphasis on academics, especially STEM, but this makes many students stressed. I know several people who have been turned away from the counselors, and some of them were harming....

    Read 444 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,451,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 24 to 1,

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