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2022 Best Public Schools in New York City

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

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

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

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

    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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  5. #6 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    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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  6. #8 Best Public High Schools in New York.

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

    New York City Geographic District No. 5, NY,

    9-12,

    191 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 191 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 486,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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  7. #9 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    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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  8. #15 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    Brooklyn Technical High School

    New York City Geographic District No. 13, NY,

    9-12,

    2180 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Brooklyn Technical High School is the quintessential NYC school. The largest public high school in the state if not the country. While smaller schools advertise their student-teacher ratio and other....

    Read 2180 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 6,043,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 21 to 1,

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  9. #17 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    Bard High School Early College Queens

    New York City Geographic District No. 24, NY,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says Bard was created to combat New York's deeply-segregated school system, so it provides great opportunities for low-income students. Students graduate in four years not only with a high school diploma...The literature and humanities programs are very eye-opening and life-changing. In the college program, they offer very interesting college courses such as anthropology, cinemas of South Asia,....

    Read 380 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 638,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 13 to 1,

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  10. #24 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    Eleanor Roosevelt High School

    New York City Geographic District No. 2, NY,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says As a high school junior, I have greatly enjoyed my time at Eleanor Roosevelt. I feel that I receive a high-quality education, and I have peers and teachers that push me to do my best. I have greatly....

    Read 149 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 540,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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  11. #27 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    New Explorations into Science, Technology & Math School

    New York City Geographic District No. 1, NY,

    K-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says NEST+M is a warm and nurturing community. The student body is kind. The faculty is great and encourages and empowers students. Students' mental health and well-being are foremost at NEST. Teachers and staff work hard to address the pressure students experience at a school of NEST's caliber, particularly during the college...Although NEST+M is known as an excellent stem school, the humanities are outstanding and should get their due!The administration is on top of things and responsive. However, like most city public schools, it can be inflexible and bureaucratic at times.The downsides are the limited athletics and art options. It is also crowded during passing time. All in all, NEST+M has exceeded my expectations..

    Read 209 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,808,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

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  12. #28 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    Baccalaureate School for Global Education

    New York City Geographic District No. 30, NY,

    7-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says BSGE is a very very good high school. You will learn a lot from the rigorous coursework and high expectations. To all the middle school students who are considering this high school, I would....

    Read 231 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 560,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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  13. #32 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    George W. Hewlett High School

    Hewlett-Woodmere Union Free School District, NY,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says I liked the challenge of the classes and the amount of electives offered. I think most of the teachers were great, but the math department could be better. There are some teachers who get frustrated....

    Read 199 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 1,062,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 10 to 1,

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  14. #3 Best Public Middle Schools in New York.

    Great Neck South Middle School

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    Great Neck Public Schools, NY,

    6-8,

    9 Niche users give it an average review of 4.6 stars.

    Featured Review: Niche User says It is an amazing school. Everyday, the janitors word hard to keep the buildings clean. The teachers are extremely qualified, especially the gym coaches, who treat the students like they treat their....

    Read 9 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 791,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

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  15. #33 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    Bard High School Early College

    New York City Geographic District No. 1, NY,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says In a nutshell, Bard High School Early College reflects its motto exactly... it is "a place to think." Both inside and outside classes, there are intellectual, stimulating discussions taking place....

    Read 286 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 612,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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  16. #12 Best Public Elementary Schools in New York.

    Lakeville Elementary School

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    Great Neck Public Schools, NY,

    1-5,

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

    Featured Review: Middle School Student says Great memories here. Wish the lunch was better, but very organized and interesting courses. Art and science were my favorite because it kept me entertained while I was learning. You will have lots of....

    Read 4 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 746,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 16 to 1,

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  17. #13 Best Public Elementary Schools in New York.

    KIPP STAR College Prep Charter School

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    Public School,

    NEW YORK, NY,

    K-8,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says KIPP STAR encouraged me to be a leader when no one was watching. 5th-8th grade I competed with myself as I fought away bad habits to build better ones. I progressed from being a boy who didn't....

    Read 17 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 794,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1,

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  18. #43 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    Fiorello H. Laguardia High School Of Music & Art & Performing Arts

    New York City Geographic District No. 3, NY,

    9-12,

    1154 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says In my time at LaGuardia, I have learned and grown so, incredibly much. As a drama student, you are constantly surrounded with people who support you and are so willing to help you grow. I have found...The teachers are incredibly supportive and very present in their students' learning process. Most of the artistic and academic faculty members try to make their students feel comfortable and safe in...LaGuardia High School has some of the best artistic direction (as a high school) in the city of New York. The acting training program is intensive and is amazing preparation for college and a future....

    Read 1154 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 2,957,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

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  19. #26 Best Public Elementary Schools in New York.

    Achievement First - Bushwick School

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    Public School,

    BROOKLYN, NY,

    K-8,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says It was such a great loving environment when I attended that school. The teachers were so nice it was like they were second parents, I also love how they used to give us class jobs because it taught....

    Read 19 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 934,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 11 to 1,

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  20. #49 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    Manhattan Hunter Science High School

    New York City Geographic District No. 3, NY,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Junior says My years in Manhattan Hunter have been some of the most enlightening. I learned so much these years but that's not limited to academics. I learned to find myself in a school that embraces and....

    Read 183 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 458,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 15 to 1,

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  21. #15 Best Public Middle Schools in New York.

    Woodmere Middle School

    Hewlett-Woodmere Union Free School District, NY,

    6-8,

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

    Featured Review: Middle School Student says Great school and great teachers. They teach you all the things you need to know at ur level. They have lower classes and higher classes. I’m a student that goes there and every quarter I get high....

    Read 3 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 655,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 9 to 1,

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  22. #20 Best Public Middle Schools in New York.

    Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School

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    Public School,

    BROOKLYN, NY,

    5-8,

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

    Featured Review: High School Senior says I felt as though I was being well prepared for college life. However, the strict rules somewhat affected how happy I was, and I could've enjoyed my time their more if I was given more freedom..

    Read 1 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 287,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1,

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  23. #53 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    Queens High School for the Sciences at York College

    New York City Geographic District No. 28, NY,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Alum says This high school gave me four years of unforgettable education and college prep. Although small, it is mighty! The teachers are so passionate about their jobs and their students, and it shows in...Four years at QHSSYC gave me such a huge step ahead when entering college - not only did the AP courses I took allow me to skip several classes, but the high-caliber content taught in my high school....

    Read 203 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 480,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 18 to 1,

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  24. #54 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    Brooklyn Latin School (the)

    New York City Geographic District No. 14, NY,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Senior says The Brooklyn Latin School is a good place to be. A lot of the students are very friendly and the teachers here are wonderful. The curriculum, although it is difficult, is very wonderful and exciting....

    Read 277 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 787,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1,

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  25. #58 Best Public High Schools in New York.

    NYC Lab High School for Collaborative Studies

    New York City Geographic District No. 2, NY,

    9-12,

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

    Featured Review: Parent says My son just started in 9th grade. After a year and a half of remote learning in middle school, we are so happy to be here. The school takes academics seriously, and he is challenged, however the....

    Read 194 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Students: 518,

    Student-Teacher Ratio: 12 to 1,

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