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2024 Best Public High Schools in California

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  1. #1 Best Public High Schools in California.

    California Academy of Mathematics & Science

    Blue checkmark.

    Long Beach Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says As a junior attending the California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS), I can confidently say that this school is truly exceptional. The emphasis on STEM education has been particularly....

    Read 500 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 667,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 27 to 1,

  2. #2 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Troy High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Fullerton Joint Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says The best part is the college readiness. The teachers really go the extra mile to make sure that you are ready, even if your grades may drop. Help is always there if you're looking for it. Counselors,....

    Read 978 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,614,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 23 to 1,

  3. #4 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Canyon Crest Academy

    Blue checkmark.

    San Dieguito Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says I did not realize just how much a high school culture could shape my life. At CCA, known for "its okay to be weird", the overall environment is supportive and structured. The teachers (most teachers)....

    Read 643 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,346,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 28 to 1,

  4. #6 Best Public High Schools in California.

    California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley

    Blue checkmark.

    Public School,

    DUARTE, CA,

    9-12,

    164 Niche users give it an average review of 4.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says This school has given me countless opportunities to grow and challenge myself both as a student and a performer. The teachers here are always so willing to help us and be resource not only for....

    Read 164 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 962,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1,

  5. #10 Best Public High Schools in California.

    University High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Irvine Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says For your child to do very well here, you need to be very involved, especially if your child is taking a lot of AP courses. The office hours with teachers get mixed reviews and nothing is really....

    Read 524 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,097,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 25 to 1,

  6. #12 Best Public High Schools in California.

    The Science Academy STEM Magnet

    Blue checkmark.

    Los Angeles Unified School District, CA,

    6-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says It is definitely not a school for everyone, but for the kids who want what it offers - lots of highly accelerated STEM, rigorous curriculum in every subject - and don’t miss having music or team...For a student to do well and enjoy his/her experience at The Science Academy STEM Magnet, they do have to *want* to be there and take school seriously though. The kids whose heart is not in it and...The teachers are excellent and there is lots of support available for those who need a little extra help. The principal and other admins are nurturing and communicative. PTA is active.Electives are great! Besides (major award-winning!) robotics, engineering and similar, theater and art are also offered, as well as a number of other eclectic options.My HG 6th grader loves this school and is finally in his element..

    Read 19 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 443,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 25 to 1,

  7. #13 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Lowell High School

    San Francisco Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

    1098 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Lowell, overall, has been an amazing experience for me. It is awesome to go to a school where everyone truly cares about working hard and learning. Additionally, students are very engaged in...On the flip side of Lowell's academic engagement is its competitive atmosphere. Over my four years here, I have found myself buying into the comparison culture, always defining myself based on what...If I had to do it over again, I would 100% pick Lowell. The highly academically focused environment, despite its downsides, has pushed me to manage my time and priorities. I have formed lasting....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,652,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 22 to 1,

  8. #15 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Torrey Pines High School

    Blue checkmark.

    San Dieguito Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Torrey Pines High School's facilities for sports and academics contributed to a positive experience. Well-maintained athletic facilities, classrooms, and the ability to build positive relationships....

    Read 492 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,649,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 25 to 1,

  9. #16 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says Great environment for all students! Many different clubs, activities, sports, and classes in which students can pick of their own choice. Teachers are nice, of course there are some that are very....

    Read 675 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,340,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 24 to 1,

  10. #19 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Mt. Everest Academy

    San Diego Unified School District, CA,

    K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says This is our first year at Mt Everest after a relocation from the East Coast. My elementary-aged girls are absolutely thriving at MEA. Both went formerly to a small private school, and while fine,....

    Read 49 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 227,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 19 to 1,

  11. #22 Best Public High Schools in California.

    High Tech Los Angeles

    Blue checkmark.

    Public School,

    LAKE BALBOA, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says My school is extremely small and technology-based. While they offer all subjects and a myriad of student-led clubs, the main focus of the school is STEM, hence the technological focus. The Robotics....

    Read 184 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 372,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 23 to 1,

  12. #24 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Oxford Academy

    Blue checkmark.

    Anaheim Union High School District, CA,

    7-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Oxford Academy has allowed me to take courses with educators that will prepare me for college life, I do 100% believe the transition will be smooth. The different clubs here are easy ways to make...While the school does prepare you for college-level pressure and workload, it's almost as if part of the school culture is its competitive nature. Oxford Academy is a good school when you have social....

    Read 678 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,289,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 25 to 1,

  13. #25 Best Public High Schools in California.

    Westview High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Poway Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says Westview High School was an amazing school that pushed me and other students to learn while having many resources available. We had wolverine time, 2-3 times a week which allowed students to ask....

    Read 716 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,351,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 25 to 1,

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