U.S. News Releases 2022 Best High Schools Rankings - South Arkansas Sun

High school is a time for students to explore their interests and learn life skills, like time management, collaboration and self-advocacy.

Graduation rates and college readiness are key metrics within the 2022 Best High Schools rankings, released today. U.S. News ranked about 18,000 out of nearly 24,000 reviewed public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

All of the data is collected from third-party sources. U.S. News receives AP and IB data directly from the College Board and International Baccalaureate, respectively. The state assessment data and graduation rates are from each state, and other data comes from the U.S. Department of Education Common Core of Data.

U.S. News ranks all eligible public high schools nationally and also produces distinct high schools rankings of charter schools and magnet schools.

Nearly 11% of all high schools that were ranked are charters and 5.2% are magnets. The charter school environment varies regionally; some states have no charter schools, while in the District of Columbia about half of all public schools are charters

The Signature School in Evansville, Indiana, ranked No. 3 nationally, earned the No. 1 spot for all charter schools. Ranked as No. 1 overall, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology also took the top position among magnet schools.

The top STEM school is The Davidson Academy of Nevada, in Reno, which ranked No. 6 overall. Two other schools – Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and The School for the Gifted and Talented (TAG) – both made the overall top 10 and the top 10 in the STEM rankings.

Massachusetts takes the lead for the largest proportion of schools in the top 25% of the Best High Schools rankings. Nearly 48% of its eligible schools are in the top quarter of the national rankings, followed by Connecticut with 42.5%.

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