Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (also known as TJHSST, TJ, or Jefferson) is a Virginia state-chartered magnet school in Fairfax County, Virginia. It is routinely rated among the best public high schools in the United States. It is a regional high school operated by Fairfax County Public Schools.
The selective admissions program was initiated in 1985 through the cooperation of state and county governments, as well as corporate sponsorship from the defense and technology industries. The school occupies the building of the previous Thomas Jefferson High School (constructed in 1965). It is one of 18 Virginia Governor’s Schools, and a founding member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology. In 2016, the school placed first in Newsweek’s annual “America’s Top High Schools” rankings for the third consecutive year and fifth in US News & World Report’s 2016 High School Rankings.
Academic Magnet High School (AMHS) is a high school (grades 9–12) in North Charleston, South Carolina, United States. The school enrolls students through an admissions process based on middle school grades, test scores, teacher recommendations, and a written essay. Academic Magnet High School was established in 1988, and the first class graduated in 1992. The school was originally located as a separate sub-campus of Burke High School in downtown Charleston. It then moved to the Charleston Naval Base, where it stayed until 2010, when it moved to the newly built Bonds Wilson campus on the site of the old Bonds-Wilson High School in North Charleston, South Carolina. Academic Magnet shares a campus with the Charleston County School of the Arts middle and high schools. The new campus is part of an effort by the Charleston County School District to upgrade its facilities. In December 2018, the school changed its motto from “seriously smart” to “eruditio et honor” (scholarship and honor) due to a movement led by a student council member.
The Davidson Academy is a school for profoundly gifted students with two accredited options – an online campus for students living anywhere in the United States and Canada and a Reno, Nevada, public school located on the University of Nevada, Reno, campus for students living in the area. The school, founded in 2006, is the first public school of its kind in the nation for profoundly gifted (high IQ) students. The Reno public school is located in the Jot Travis Building on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. As of the 2021-2022 school year, 144 students are enrolled in the Davidson Academy Reno campus and 98 students are enrolled through the online campus. The Davidson Academy provides each student with a personalized learning plan, designed to give them an education specifically catered to their individual, unique needs. Unlike traditional school settings, the academy’s classes do not group students by age, but by ability. The school is designed to provide an educational setting where the abilities, strengths, and interests of highly intelligent young people are encouraged and supported.
Walter Payton College Preparatory High School (commonly known as Payton College Prep, or simply Payton) is a top-rated public 4-year selective enrollment magnet high school located in the Old Town neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is currently ranked the No. 1 public high school in the State of Illinois, and No. 4 in the United States, by U.S. News & World Report. Walter Payton College Prep, founded in 2000, is part of the Chicago Public Schools system. The school, which is located on Chicago’s near north side, is one of the city’s nine selective enrollment high schools. It was named after football legend Walter Payton, a former star halfback for the Chicago Bears and humanitarian who died at age 45 of a rare liver disease shortly before the school opened. The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award is also named after Payton, and the Payton school colors are blue and orange, the colors of the Chicago Bears.
The School for Advanced Studies (SAS) is a SACS accredited dual-enrollment secondary school in Miami, Florida. It is a part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System and is located at five campuses of Miami Dade College: the Kendall campus, North campus, Wolfson campus, West, and Homestead campus. Owned by Arlene Martinez. weSchool for Advanced Studies (SAS) is a nationally recognized collegiate high school of excellence, a combined effort between Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) and Miami Dade College (MDC). Students attending SAS complete their last two years of high school (11th and 12th grade) while they obtain a two-year Associate in Arts degree from Miami Dade College. The opportunity for acceleration and enrichment attracts motivated and academically talented students. SAS takes pride in its diverse student population, nurturing learning environment, and commitment in providing all students with a rich and rigorous liberal arts education with many of its students specializing in STEM.
Sumner Academy of Arts and Science is a nationally ranked magnet school in Kansas City, Kansas which prepares students for high-level academic and creative pursuits. Named for abolitionist Charles Sumner, it started in 1905 during a period of racial tension as a segregated school for black (“Negro”) students, which offered vocational training, but emphasized college-preparatory training. Located at 1610 N. 8th Street, the current architecturally significant complex began with its Art Deco core in 1937, but has been repeatedly expanded. The segregated Sumner High School closed in 1978, converting at that time to its present high-challenge magnet program.
Merrol Hyde Magnet School (MHMS) is a K–12 school in Hendersonville, Tennessee adhering to the Paideia philosophy and administered by the Sumner County Board of Education. It is the only magnet school in Sumner County. The school’s motto is “Mandatus ad virtutem,” or “Committed to excellence.” Merrol Hyde is ranked first in Tennessee and seventh in the nation by USNews.
MHMS was established in 2003 on the former Indian burial ground, next to the local plantation. The school is named after Merrol N. Hyde, a local resident and Sumner County Commissioner. The school served grades 5–9 in its first school year. The second school year, 2004–05, the school had students in grades K–10 with the addition of a new elementary wing. The 2005–06 school year served grades K–11. The 2006–07 school year brought the first ever graduating class of MHMS. There were 57 college-bound graduates in the class of 2007. In 2013, Vice Principal Betty Hunter was replaced by Jason Bennett. Principal Brad Schreiner was replaced in 2014 by Todd Stinson. Darren Frank has served as the principal since 2016. Jen Teachenor has served as Vice Principal since 2021.
BASIS Chandler is a charter school that serves fifth through 12th graders. It’s part of a network of public charter schools with locations across the country. Its students are required to start taking Advanced Placement classes and exams in ninth grade. By senior year, students can participate in the AP Capstone program or the charter school network’s own senior program. Students in BASIS’ senior program take seminar-style classes for two-thirds of the year and can propose an off-campus project for the last trimester. While at BASIS Chandler, students can participate in a range of extracurricular activities, including bug club, yearbook club and jazz band.
The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) is a public special school in Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States, and a part of Gwinnett County Public Schools. Students are admitted through a county-wide lottery, whose participants, since the school dropped its charter status in 2016, must meet multiple requirements. It features a heavy focus on project-based STEM education. Its rigorous course and high student graduation rate make it one of the most prestigious high schools in the state.
Signature School is a charter high school located in downtown Evansville, Indiana on the Main Street walkway. The school opened in 2002 as Indiana’s first public charter high school. It has been consistently ranked, by a number of publications, as one of the top high schools in the United States.
Signature School began in 1992 as a half-day program with 213 students. It offered both morning and afternoon classes and allowed motivated high school students to enroll in higher-level courses. In particular, the Accelerated, Compacted, Enriched Program (ACE) was developed for freshmen and sophomores who seek advanced English, foreign language, math, and science offerings.
Oxford Academy, sometimes stylized as Oxford High School or OA, is a public school in Cypress, California, serving grades 7–12 as part of the Anaheim Union High School District. Oxford Academy runs an intensive honors curriculum that requires students to take a minimum of four Advanced Placement courses to graduate. Ninth- and 10th-grade students can choose from four career pathways to supplement their core courses: biomedical science, engineering, business/entrepreneurship, and software systems and development. Oxford Academy boasts a culturally diverse student body, with many students coming from homes where English is the second language. Student groups include National Honor Society and the OA Fiddlers.
Townsend Harris High School at Queens College (THHS) is a public magnet high school for the humanities in the borough of Queens in New York City. Students and alumni often refer to themselves as “Harrisites.” Townsend Harris consistently ranks as among the top 100 high schools in the United States. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, U.S. News and World Report ranked THHS #1 in New York State; THHS ranked #12 nationally in 2021. The school was named in honor of Townsend Harris the 19th-century American merchant, politician, and diplomat who served as the first American Counsel to Japan. Townsend Harris High School was founded in 1984 by alumni of Townsend Harris Hall Prep School, who wanted to reopen their school that was closed in the 1940s. This process in started in 1980.
The School for the Talented and Gifted at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center (commonly referred to as TAG or TAG Magnet) is a public college preparatory magnet secondary school located in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Texas. The school enrolls students in grades 9-12 and is a part of the Dallas Independent School District. It is known for its liberal arts, Advanced Placement Program and intensive education style. In 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010 Newsweek named the school the #1 public high school in the United States. In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, U.S. News & World Report named TAG the #1 public high school in the United States.
Loveless Academic Magnet Program High school, known as LAMP High School, is a magnet high school in Montgomery, Alabama. It has a student body of around 490. LAMP was once housed at Sidney Lanier High School; it moved further into West Montgomery in the 2000s, and then temporarily in the old Houston Hill school in downtown Montgomery, before moving to the old Montgomery Mall off of South Boulevard in the 2010s.
In 2008, it was named #18 on U.S. News & World Report’s Gold Medal List and #56 in Newsweek’s list of the top 1000 high schools in the United States. In 2011, Newsweek ranked LAMP as the number 13 best high school in the United States. In 2013, LAMP was named the #1 high magnet high school in the nation, #1 in the state, and #7 overall by U.S. News & World Report.
The Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School is a school for girls in Dallas, Texas. Part of the Dallas Independent School District, it is the first public all-girls school in the state and is renowned for its challenging coursework and high college matriculation rate. The school was established in 2004 and graduated its first class of 21 students in 2009. It opened under the leadership of Principal Vivian Taylor-Samudio. The school is in proximity to Fair Park. The school is named after Irma Lerma Rangel who was the first Mexican-American woman elected to the Texas House of Representatives and the first woman elected as Chair of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus.
Tesla STEM High School (formerly STEM High School) is a magnet school in Redmond, Washington. It is a designated Choice School in the Lake Washington School District and offers a STEM-based curriculum. As of May 2021, by US News Rankings, Tesla STEM is the number 1 high school in Washington, number 16 in the nation, and number 9 for magnet schools. The school operates as a magnet program. Students are admitted from across the district on a lottery basis with 150 students per grade for a total enrollment of 600 students.
University High School (UHS) is an accelerated public high school located in Tucson, Arizona. Originally known as Special Projects High School (SPHS), University High School is in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). The mission statement of UHS identifies it as “a special function high school which serves students who are academically focused and intellectually gifted and provides curriculum and social support not offered in the comprehensive high school.” University High School offers honors and Advanced Placement courses, as well as electives such as software development and beginning dance. University High School partners with the University of Arizona to offer concurrent enrollment in an engineering course. Foreign languages offered include French and German, and student groups range from yoga club to Model United Nations. Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords graduated from University High.
The Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School is a middle and secondary school located in Philadelphia. It is a magnet school, located in the Spring Garden neighborhood. Prior to 1958, the school building was used by the Philadelphia High School for Girls and the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places under that name in 1986. The Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School was established in September 1958 as an academic magnet school for elementary school students in grades 4, 5 and 6. A junior high school program was initiated in 1959, and a senior high school was added in 1976. In 1990 Masterman was re-organized as a middle school (grades 5-8) and a high school (grades 9-12). Masterman is located in the former Philadelphia High School for Girls building.
Central Magnet School is a public magnet school for grades 6–12 in Rutherford County, Tennessee. It is known for its academic rigor and numerous awards. Central Magnet received the National Blue Ribbon School recognition in 2020 for academic achievement. The campus has been in use prior to the Civil War. Central Magnet School is ranked second within Tennessee. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Central Magnet School is 100%. The total minority enrollment is 18%. Central Magnet School is 1 of 10 high schools in the Rutherford County.
The Early College at Guilford (ECG) is a public magnet high school with approximately 200 students located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The school was started in 2002 as a partnership between Guilford College and Guilford County Schools as the first early college high school in North Carolina, allowing students to graduate with a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit from Guilford College. The school has a selective admissions process. Prospective students must submit a written application and participate in an on-campus examination created by the school’s admissions team, currently involving an essay and multiple-choice mathematics and reading portion.
The International School of Beaverton (ISB) is an option school that serves grades 6-12 in the Beaverton School District. It is the only school in the district to be a full International Baccalaureate (IB) school, where all students take IB courses and complete additional work for the Middle Years Programme(MYP) and the Diploma Programme(DP), including the personal project and the extended essay. In 2012 and various other years, U.S. News and World Report ranked the school as the best public high school in the state, and 20th in the nation. The current principal is Andrew Gilford and the assistant principal is Scott Carey Gladney.
Brooklyn Technical High School, commonly called Brooklyn Tech and administratively designated High School 430, is an elite New York City public magnet high school that specializes in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It is one of three original specialized high schools operated by the New York City Department of Education, along with Stuyvesant High School and the Bronx High School of Science. Brooklyn Tech is considered one of the country’s most prestigious and selective high schools. Brooklyn Tech is ranked #2 in New York City and #22 overall in the United States for college readiness and graduation rates.
BASIS Oro Valley is a charter school that serves sixth through 12th graders. It’s part of a charter school network with locations across the country. Its students are required to start taking Advanced Placement classes and exams in ninth grade. By senior year, students can participate in BASIS’ Capstone program, through which they take seminar-style classes for two-thirds of the year and can propose an off-campus research project for the last trimester. Students can join the chess club, band and hiking club.
BASIS opened three schools at once in Chandler, Peoria, and Flagstaff. BASIS continued its expansion by opening another school in Tucson and one in Phoenix proper in fall 2012, along with their first non-Arizona school, located in Washington, D.C. In 2013, BASIS opened its tenth and eleventh Arizona campuses in Ahwatukee and Mesa, and the second non-Arizona campus was added in San Antonio, Texas. BASIS also began its primary (K-4) program at the original BASIS Tucson site. In 2014, BASIS opened in Prescott, AZ. In 2015, BASIS opened its sixteenth Arizona school in Goodyear, AZ.
The International Academy of Macomb (IAM/IA) is a public high school in Macomb County, Michigan located in the Chippewa Valley 9th Grade Center in Clinton Township. The school opened in the spring of 2008 and is an International Baccalaureate school as of early 2010. The first two years at the IAM consist of International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme courses . After these two years, students will begin the International Baccalaureate program, which lasts for two years. All IB students will have to complete 150 ‘CAS’ hours (creativity, action, service) throughout the two IB years. After all four years are completed, students will partake in several IB exams in order to receive their IB diploma. The students at the IAM get an understanding of the world through many great books, including Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, The Odyssey by Homer, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Whitney High School is a public school located in the southern Placer County city of Rocklin, California, a settlement in the northern Sacramento metropolitan area. Whitney is one of two high schools in Rocklin Unified School District; its counterpart is Rocklin High School. The school is the district’s newest educational facility, having opened in 2005 to freshmen and sophomores; Whitney’s first freshmen graduated at the end of the 2008–09 school year. That same school year, Whitney was recognized as a California Distinguished School.
Northside College Preparatory High School (commonly referred to as Northside College Prep, Northside Prep, NCP, or simply Northside) is a public 4-year selective enrollment high school located in the North Park neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. Founded in 1999, it was the first new CPS high school to be built in 20 years. It is a selective enrollment school, and teaches only at the Honors and AP levels (excluding the P.E. department). Northside has earned a reputation for academic excellence, and has been consistently ranked as the #1 high school in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report.
The Middlesex County Academy for Science, Mathematics and Engineering Technologies (also known as Edison Academy) is a four-year career academy and college preparatory magnet public high school located on the campus of the Middlesex County College in Edison, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as part of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools. The school serves students from all over Middlesex County who are eligible to apply to their program of choice while in eighth grade. As of the 2019–20 school year, the school had an enrollment of 167 students and 12.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.9:1. There were 2 students (1.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 1 (0.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College (often abbreviated to High School for Math, Science and Engineering, HSMSE, or HSMSE @ CCNY) is one of the nine public magnet, specialized high schools in New York City, United States. It caters to highly gifted students from across the city. It is located within the campus of the City College of New York (CCNY).
Created in 2002 along with Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, and High School of American Studies at Lehman College, HSMSE was founded with an emphasis on engineering and design, and was envisioned as a small school with approximately four hundred students. The relatively small population of the school allows students and teachers to have a stronger relationship.
Pine View School for the Gifted, or simply known as Pine View School, is a public, college-preparatory, coeducational school located in Osprey, Florida. Pine View serves students from 2nd through 12th grades.
In 1969, the school was founded as the state’s first school for the intellectually gifted. The first director was John D. Woolever, an educator who had written numerous scholarly articles on education throughout his career. During the school’s early history, many feared it would be closed, particularly when the school moved to its current campus, designed by Carl Abbott, FAIA, in 1994. Periodically, this possibility has reemerged, the most notable occasion being in 2007 and 2008 when the Florida State Legislature considered abolishing the Exceptional Student Educational (ESE) label “gifted.”
Queens High School for the Sciences at York College (commonly called QHSSYC or QHSS) is a New York City public magnet, specialized high school operated by the New York City Department of Education specializing in mathematics and science. It admits students based only on their scores on the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (commonly referred to as the SHSAT). The school was founded in 2002 along with the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and the High School of American Studies at Lehman College. QHSSYC is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST).
City High Middle School is a secondary school operated by the Grand Rapids Public Schools in the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area. City High School was established in the early 1970s as an alternative school for Grand Rapids Public Schools students in grades 9–12 who were “highly motivated and academically gifted” but were not being served adequately by the district’s larger high schools. Enrollment in its early years was about 100 students. The school expanded in 1979 to include grades 7 and 8 as City Middle School, roughly doubling its enrollment.
The California Academy of Mathematics and Science (CAMS) is a public magnet high school in Carson, California, United States focusing on science and mathematics. Its California API scores are fourth-highest in the state.
Located on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills, CAMS shares many facilities with the university, including the gymnasium, the student union, the tennis courts, the pool, the library and a few of the parking lots. It is a National “No Child Left Behind” Blue Ribbon (2011) and California Distinguished school. The No Child Left Behind blue ribbon was only presented to 32 public schools nationwide. Newsweek states in its top 1200 High Schools in the USA, CAMS is in the top 4% taking number 281 in 2006.
BASIS Peoria is a charter school that serves fifth through 12th graders. It’s part of a public charter school system with locations across the country. In or before 10th grade, BASIS Peoria students begin taking Advanced Placement courses. In their senior year, students take a college counseling workshop. Select seniors may produce an off-campus research project during their last trimester. Extracurricular activities include several sports teams, Model UN and a robotics club.
The Downingtown STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy is a public high school and an IB World School in the Downingtown Area School District, located in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. The school has a unique curriculum that prepares students for college education and careers in the STEM fields. A major focus in the courses offered at the Downingtown STEM Academy is inquiry and project-based learning, as well as the growth of 21st-century learning skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity). In the ninth and tenth grades, students take “pre-diploma” classes that prepare them for classes in the International Baccalaureate program. In the eleventh and twelfth grades, students take six classes in the International Baccalaureate and have the opportunity to participate in the IB Diploma Programme
The Bronx High School of Science (commonly called Bronx Science or Science, and formerly Science High) is a public magnet, specialized high school in New York City, New York, United States. It is operated by the New York City Department of Education.
Admission to Bronx Science involves passing the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. Each November, about 30,000 eighth and ninth graders take the three-hour test for admittance to eight of the nine specialized high schools. The test is extremely competitive, with only 800 of the 30,000 applicants being accepted to Bronx Science each year.
The Boston Latin School is a public exam school in Boston, Massachusetts. It was established on April 23, 1635, making it both the oldest public school in the British America and the oldest existing school in the United States. Its curriculum follows that of the 18th century Latin school movement, which holds the classics to be the basis of an educated mind. Four years of Latin are mandatory for all students who enter the school in the 7th grade, three years for those who enter in the 9th grade.
Boston Latin School was founded on April 23, 1635 by the Town of Boston. The school was modeled after the Free Grammar School of Boston in England under the influence of Reverend John Cotton. The first classes were held in the home of the Master, Philemon Pormort. John Hull was the first student to graduate (1637). It was intended to educate young men of all social classes in the classics. The school was initially funded by donations and land rentals rather than by taxes. A school established in nearby Dedham was the first tax-supported public school.
Staten Island Technical High School, commonly called Staten Island Tech or SITHS, was founded in 1988. Located in Staten Island, New York City, the public magnet, specialized high school is operated by the New York City Department of Education. It consistently ranks among the best schools in New York City in graduation rate, Regents test scores, and attendance. According to niche.com, Staten Island Tech ranks #2 in New York State as well as #13 in the nation (approx. 1,200 schools in the state as well as 19,000 schools nationwide). Admission to SITHS is determined through an applicant’s score on the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test.
Basis Scottsdale is a charter school operated by Basis Schools in Scottsdale, Arizona. The school was founded in 2003 by Michael and Olga Block. Charter schools in Arizona are not required to hire teachers who meet state teaching certification requirements. Basis teachers make less than the average for public school teachers in the state, although Basis.ed contends that with bonuses, making teacher compensation competitive Nevertheless, academic standards at Basis Scottsdale are high. Basis Scottsdale requires graduating students to take seven AP-level courses and sit for six AP exams.
The School of Science and Engineering Magnet (known as the School of Science and Engineering or SEM) is a magnet college preparatory high school located in the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center, home of six magnet high schools in the Dallas Independent School District. SEM’s mascot is an eagle, and its school colors are maroon and white. Its current principal is Andrew Palacios. Past principals include: Tiffany Huitt (who was promoted to DISD Executive Director), Jovan Carisa Wells, and Richard White. On admission, each student is placed into one of three math and science “tracks” based on your middle school—a Regular Track, a Fast Track, and a Super Fast Track. Each track doesn’t really matter when college comes and completes a different number and difficulty of math and science courses.
The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School, abbreviated to PVCICS, is a public Charter school in Hadley, Massachusetts. Founded in February 2007, PVCICS offers an immersion program that teaches Chinese Language Arts and culture in addition to a regular curriculum. PVCICS’ goals are to graduate students with excellent scholarship, high proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and English, plus sensitivity to multiple cultures. PVCICS serves the Pioneer Valley region. PVCICS is an approved International Baccalaureate school offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) for 11th and 12th graders.
Liberal Arts and Science Academy (LASA) is a selective public magnet high school in Austin, Texas, United States. Although LASA is open to all Austin residents and charges no tuition, competition for admission can be strong and is contingent on submission of an application, prior academic record, and the Cognitive Abilities Test. LASA is sometimes known as LASA High School. LASA is often ranked as one of the best public schools in Texas, with a ranking of #4 by U.S. News and World Report in 2021.
Andrew Carnegie Vanguard High School, named after Andrew Carnegie, is located in the Fourth Ward of Houston, Texas near Downtown and was formerly located near Sunnyside. The school serves grades 9-12 and is part of the Houston Independent School District. It is the only High School Vanguard Program in HISD meaning that all students are labelled as gifted and talented by testing and the school has students take all Advanced Placement core classes as part of its curriculum. Carnegie Vanguard’s academics have been widely recognized in the country. For the past several years, Carnegie Vanguard has been consistently ranked the top ranked public high school in the Houston area and a top 25 public high school in the country by several major magazines and journals including Newsweek, The Washington Post, and US News and World Report.
The International Academy (IA) is a high school with its main campus located in Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan, with additional campuses in White Lake Township, Michigan and Troy, Michigan. It is a public, tuition-free school of choice for students across Oakland County. Students are required to earn both high school and International Baccalaureate (IB) diplomas. In 2020, according to IA, 92% of the graduates earned IB diplomas, compared to the world average of 79%. In 2021, IA ranked No. 43 in the United States and No. 3 in Michigan among public high schools according to U.S. News & World Report.
Stuyvesant High School commonly referred to among its students as Stuy is a public magnet, college-preparatory, specialized high school in New York City, United States. Operated by the New York City Department of Education, these specialized schools offer tuition-free accelerated academics to city residents. Stuyvesant was established as an all-boys school in the East Village of Manhattan in 1904. An entrance examination was mandated for all applicants starting in 1934, and the school started accepting female students in 1969. Stuyvesant moved to its current location at Battery Park City in 1992 because the student body had become too large to be suitably accommodated in the original campus. The old building now houses several high schools.
BASIS Ahwatukee is ranked sixth within Arizona. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at BASIS Ahwatukee is 100%. The total minority enrollment is 70%. BASIS Ahwatukee is the only high school in the BASIS Charter Schools Inc.. It has 720 students in grades 4-12. According to state test scores, 91% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading. Since opening in 2013, the Ahwatukee campus has enjoyed many successes including millions of dollars earned in merit-based scholarships, a lively performing arts program, and one of the largest Speech and Debate teams in the BASIS Charter School network.
Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions is a medical secondary school located in the Medical Center area of Houston, Texas, United States. It is a part of the Houston Independent School District. It has been named the number one public high school in Houston by the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Press, and Children at Risk and number 26 in best high schools in the United States by US News in 2013. DeBakey High School, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Houston Independent School District and is east of the Texas Medical Center. It is the only Houston magnet high school for health professions. The school was named after Michael E. DeBakey, a famous heart surgeon. DeBakey does not automatically take in students from the surrounding neighborhood; the surrounding neighborhood is zoned to Lamar High School. Nearly 1200 students take entrance exams for 200 to 300 spots each year.
The flagship BASIS Charter School, BASIS Tucson North (originally BASIS Tucson), opened in 1998 to provide area students with a globally competitive public education. Now one of the largest in the BASIS Charter Schools network, our rich and diverse student body extends throughout Greater Tucson. BASIS Tucson North is a charter school that serves fifth through 12th graders. It’s the flagship high school in a public charter school system with locations across the country. Students at BASIS Tucson North are required to start taking Advanced Placement classes and exams in ninth grade. By senior year, students can participate in the AP Capstone program or the charter school network’s own senior program. Students in BASIS’ senior program take seminar-style classes for two-thirds of the year and can propose an off-campus project for the last trimester. The school offers a range of activities, including 3-D printing club, choir and basketball.
duPont Manual High School is a public magnet high school located in the Old Louisville neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, United States. It serves students in grades 9–12. It is a part of the Jefferson County Public School District. DuPont Manual is recognized by the United States Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School. Manual opened in 1892 as an all-male manual training school. It was the second public high school in Louisville. Manual merged with its rival, Male High School, into a consolidated school from 1915 to 1919. Manual permanently merged with the Louisville Girls High School in 1950 and moved into their Gothic-style three-story building, built in 1934. In 2004, after conducting a poll, Louisville’s Courier-Journal newspaper listed Manual as one of Louisville residents’ ten favorite buildings.
The High School of American Studies at Lehman College (commonly called American Studies, HSAS, or Lehman) is a specialized high school in New York City. The school is administered by the New York City Department of Education. It receives supplementary funding from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Together with the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College and the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College, it was one of the three smaller specialized high schools opened in 2002 by the New York City Department of Education, and it is one of the 9 Specialized High Schools in New York City. Admission is granted through a competitive examination known as the SHSAT. As a public school, American Studies has no tuition fee, and only residents of the City of New York are eligible to attend.
Haas Hall Academy is a charter school in Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States. It was established in 2004 and in 2018, it was ranked No. 1 in the state (and No. 50 in the nation) by 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools ranking program. Haas Hall Academy’s curriculum is an accelerated college preparatory academic program. Accredited by AdvancED and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Haas Hall Academy holds membership in The College Board and the Science National Honor Society. Students engage in coursework including Advanced Placement (AP), courses with concurrent college credit provided a local university (for example, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville), and the school encourages students to take college courses at local colleges and universities. Since its inception in 2004, Haas Hall has achieved Adequate Yearly Progress.
Classen School of Advanced Studies, often referred to as Classen SAS, CSAS or simply Classen, is a public speciality school serving students in grades 9–12 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Oklahoma City Public Schools program participates in the IB Diploma Programme and offers fine arts courses as well, offering art, drama, and music classes to any qualifying student. Classen is known as one of the state’s premier high schools in academics, and has been ranked among the top 100 public high schools in America by the Challenge Index, as measured by the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2007 divided by the number of graduating seniors. The index is published annually in the Washington Post and Newsweek. It was ranked 14 in 2009.
BASIS Phoenix is a charter school that serves fifth through 12th graders. It’s part of a public charter school system with locations across the country. In or before 10th grade, BASIS Phoenix students begin taking Advanced Placement courses. In their senior year, qualified students may take BASIS Capstone courses, set up to be equivalent to 200 or 300 level college classes. These seniors may produce an off-campus research project during their last trimester. Extracurricular activities include basketball, volleyball, anime and Science Bowl. BASIS Phoenix, opened in 2012, moved into its beautiful new location in North Phoenix in 2018. Welcoming students in grades 6–12, our new campus serves approximately 785 students.
High Technology High School (HTHS), founded in 1991, is a four-year Magnet public high school for students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in the Lincroft section of Middletown Township, in Monmouth County, United States, operated as a cooperative effort between the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD) and Brookdale Community College. It is a pre-engineering academy, offering courses such as Introduction to Engineering and Design, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Principles of Engineering. It is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1995.
Bergen County Academies (BCA) is a tuition-free public magnet high school located in Hackensack, New Jersey that serves students in the ninth through twelfth grades from Bergen County, New Jersey. The school was founded by John Grieco, also founder of the Academies at Englewood, in 1991. The school is currently organized into seven academies: Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology (AAST), Academy for Business and Finance (ABF), Academy for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration (ACAHA), Academy for Engineering and Design Technology (AEDT), Academy for Medical Science Technology (AMST), Academy for Technology and Computer Science (ATCS), and Academy for Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA).
BASIS Mesa is ranked ninth within Arizona. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at BASIS Mesa is 100%. The total minority enrollment is 49%. BASIS Mesa is the only high school in the BASIS Charter Schools Inc.. Since its founding in 2013, BASIS Mesa has been known for being extraordinary. Our campus sits atop the old GM Proving Grounds—formerly 40 miles of asphalt laid down in 1953 in the middle of the Sonoran Desert as a test track for some of the fastest, most remarkable vehicles on Earth. After closing in 2009, that piece of desert was developed into the innovation and technology hub that is now Eastmark—currently the sixth fastest-growing community in the country—and home to our beautiful K–12 campus.
Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School is a public magnet high school serving grades 9–12 and located in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, United States. Hume-Fogg’s original incarnation, Hume High School, opened in 1855 on Eighth Avenue (Spruce Street) and Broad, and was the first public school in Nashville. In 1875, Fogg High School became the second public school in Nashville. It was built on the same property as Hume High School, facing Broad Street. In 1912, the two merged into Hume-Fogg at the present site at 700 Broadway, a Gothic Revival building. The building consists of five floors including a basement, which has several tunnels leading to various locations in downtown Nashville.
William Jones College Preparatory High School (commonly known as Jones College Prep) is a public 4-year selective-enrollment high school located in the Printer’s Row neighborhood in downtown Chicago, Illinois, United States. Jones is operated by the Chicago Public Schools district. Jones was named one of “America’s Best High Schools” for 2010 by Newsweek magazine. The school has undergone several name changes, from Jones Commercial High School, to Jones Metropolitan High School of Business and Commerce, to Jones Academic Magnet High School. Jones adopted its current name and focus on college preparatory education in August 1998.
West Shore Junior – Senior High School, more often called West Shore, is a secondary school located at 250 Wildcat Alley in Melbourne, Florida. West Shore enrolls students from grades seven through twelve. It is part of the Brevard Public Schools System. It was the first “School of Choice” in Brevard County, Florida. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked West Shore the 6th Best High School in the State of Florida. On a nationwide basis it was ranked #48 out of the 21,035 public high schools reviewed. Rick Fleming is the Principal.
The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet is a Dallas Independent School District (DISD) magnet high school located in Dallas, Texas. Formerly the School of Government, Law, and Law Enforcement, it is a part of the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center. The school was renamed in honor of Judge Barefoot Sanders in 2009. Students and faculty refer to the school as the Law Magnet. The Law Magnet allow students to explore careers in government, law, and law enforcement. The school has three pathways: Criminal Justice, Government, and Pre-Law. Students have the option to enroll in the pathway of their choice upon enrolling in the school. The school provides students with a range of experiential learning activities, including project-based learning in the classroom, courtroom observations, and internships. These learning opportunities let students engage with local government, legal professions, and law enforcement in a variety of settings.
International School (IS) is a 6th–12th school in the Bellevue School District. The school follows a seven by seven curriculum wherein students pursue studies in seven core academic areas for all seven years of attendance. The seven core subjects are: English, Science, Math, Social Studies, Physical Education, Fine Arts, and French. Admission to IS is based on a lottery system. Bellevue-area applicants enter a lottery as fifth graders. Siblings of students already enrolled get priority, and then names are drawn from the general pool for the remaining spots. International School is not affiliated with the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), and if students want to participate in high school sports, they can do so at their “home school” (the Bellevue School District high school that corresponds with their area of residence).
The Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences, also known as Woodbridge Academy, is a four-year career academy and college preparatory magnet public high school located in Woodbridge Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as part of the Middlesex County Vocational and Technical Schools, which serves students of many diverse cultures from all over Middlesex County. While enrolled in this high school student are able to receive college credits for classes based in allied health and biomedical sciences.
Riverside STEM Academy (RSA) is a Riverside Unified School with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) serving grades 5-8, with extension plans to include a STEM High School. The school began in the fall of 2011 with 200 students and has expanded its second year to over 400 students. Each of the four grades rotate daily through three academic blocks of approximately eighty five minutes. These blocks include Mathematics, with a goal of all students completing Geometry by the end of grade eight, Laboratory Science that prepares students to enter chemistry in their freshman year of high school and Humanities which is Social Studies and Language Arts with integration of STEM concepts. In addition, students receive Physical Education with a certified PE teacher and a daily enrichment class.
Archimedean Upper Conservatory is a public charter high school in Miami, Florida. Archimedean Upper Conservatory (AUC) is a member of Archimedean Schools. The Archimedean Schools are an independently managed, feeder-patterned K through 12 public- charter school system founded in 2002 by Archimedean Academy Inc., a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, sponsored by Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The Archimedean Schools consist of three high- performing conservatories focused on mathematics and the Greek language: Archimedean Academy (grades K-5), Archimedean Middle Conservatory (grades 6-8), both nationally recognized as Blue Ribbon schools 2011, and the 2012 AdvancED SACS-CASI Accredited Archimedean Upper Conservatory. The Archimedean Schools are Conservatories of Mathematics and the Greek Language.
Benjamin Franklin High School is a charter high school and a magnet high school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Commonly nicknamed “Franklin” or “Ben Franklin”, the school was founded in 1957 as a school for gifted children. In 1990, it moved to its current location on the campus of the University of New Orleans (UNO) in the Lake Terrace/Lake Oaks neighborhood of Orleans Parish, near Lake Pontchartrain. The school was damaged by several feet of flood water due to Hurricane Katrina in the fall of 2005, and efforts to reopen the school were covered by nationwide news agencies. The school is part of the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), yet it operates as a charter school and is not administered directly by the agency.
Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH) is a magnet secondary school in the heart of the Design District in Miami, Florida, United States. US News & World Report ranked DASH as the 15th best public high school in the nation in 2009 and 16th best in 2012. Stacey Mancuso led DASH as Principal for 17 years from 1999 to 2016. The current principal is Katyna D. Lopez-Martin, who joined the school in 2021.DASH is a part of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools district. DASH was founded in 1990 by former principal Jacqueline Hinchey-Sipes, who coined the motto “Education by Design”.
The Brooklyn Latin School is a public magnet, specialized high school in New York City. It opened in September 2006. The ideals governing Brooklyn Latin are borrowed largely from the Boston Latin School, and popular society’s ideals. The school’s founding headmaster was Jason Griffiths. In August 2019, Katrina Billy-Wilkinson became the acting headmaster. Admission to Brooklyn Latin involves passing the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. Each November, about 30,000 eighth and ninth graders take the 3-hour test for admittance to eight of the nine specialized high schools.
David S. D’Evelyn Junior/Senior High School (known as D’Evelyn) is a public secondary school near Lakewood, Colorado, United States. It is included in the Jefferson County R-1 public school district. While remaining an open public school without charter or magnet status, D’Evelyn consistently ranks among the top 100 high schools in the US. D’Evelyn’s academic tenets derive from the efforts of a volunteer council to create an “alternative educational environment” in the early 1990s. D’Evelyn’s eponymous founder, David S. D’Evelyn, died in a plane crash before the council’s efforts resulted in the successful enactment of the Colorado Charter Schools Act of 1993 and the nascent school secured the “option school” status required to pursue its own academic objectives with a high degree of freedom from the district.
IDEA Frontier (commonly referred to as Frontier) is an independently managed charter school within the IDEA Public Schools system in the Rio Grande Valley in deep South Texas, United States. It is located in Brownsville and was founded in 2006. The school is known for its high performance in national high school rankings, mandatory Advanced Placement testing, and high graduation rates. The U.S. News & World Report named it in the top 100 American high schools for 2013–2016.
High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies places a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, education. Additionally, the school strives to turn out students proficient in two languages: Chinese and English. The High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies offers Advanced Placement® courses in biology, calculus, and Chinese language and culture, among others. Students also have opportunities to earn college credit, tour campuses and earn scholarships. The school day is long, with some students beginning at 7:15 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. Ninth and 10th grades are “foundation years,” says longtime principal Li Yan. They are designed to help students build proficiency in their second language to allow everyone to take classes together in 11th and 12th grades.
Whitney M. Young Magnet High School (locally known simply as Whitney Young) is a public magnet high school and middle school located in the Near West Side neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Whitney Young is operated by the Chicago Public Schools district. Whitney Young opened on September 3, 1975 as the city’s first public magnet high school. The school is named after Whitney Moore Young Jr., a prominent African-American civil rights leader. The Chicago Public Schools announced plans for a public magnet school on the city’s Near West Side in mid–1970. A proposal by community residents called for a high school to be built at 211 S. Laflin, which was an empty lot that had been burned out during the riots following the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. The school opened on September 3, 1975, as a selective enrollment school under the leadership of the school’s first principal, Bernarr E. Dawson.
Mission San Jose High School (MSJHS or MSJ) is a four-year co-educational public high school founded in 1964. It is located in the Mission San Jose district of Fremont, California, United States. It is one of five comprehensive high schools in the Fremont Unified School District. Mission San Jose High School is the 3rd largest high school in Fremont. In April 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked Mission San Jose High as the 76th best high school in the United States. The school was ranked 12th within California, with an Advanced Placement participation rate of 91%.
iPrep Academy is a Nationally Certified Magnet School and is the vision of Alberto M. Carvalho, former M-DPCS Superintendent and iPrep’s founding Principal. Mr. Carvalho challenged educators to create a learning environment that closes the cultural and digital divide. Today, iPrep serves students in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade and stands as a symbol for education innovation; fostering an environment of collaboration across disciplines, cultures and economic standing, and where every child has access to technology. This brightly colored school without doors or bells is purposely designed to promote respect and responsibility among the students & staff.
Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School (often dubbed Academic previous to its dedication, or as McNair) is a magnet public high school located at 123 Coles Street in Jersey City, in Hudson County, United States. The school is named in memory of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, the astronaut and scientist who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster. McNair is part of the Jersey City Public Schools district. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1979 and is under Probationary Accreditation status as of 2022. As of the 2020–21 school year, the school had an enrollment of 713 students and 51.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.0:1.
The Charter School of Wilmington (CSW) is a college preparatory charter high school in Wilmington, Delaware. It is Delaware’s first independently operated public school whose curriculum emphasizes math and science. It shares the former Wilmington High School building with Cab Calloway School of the Arts. The Charter School of Wilmington was chartered by the Red Clay Consolidated School District to replace the Academy of Mathematics and Science magnet school and opened in 1996. Today, the school is operated by a consortium of six companies: AstraZeneca, Verizon, Delmarva Power, DuPont, Hercules Incorporated, and Christiana Care Health System.
Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy is a comprehensive college preparatory magnet school. In August 2004, the school opened with 7th and 8th grades and has grown to include 6th through 12th grades in recent years.
PFTSTA is located in Avondale, Louisiana. Named after Patrick F. Taylor, this Sci-tech school currently has grades 6-12. The students are on a block schedule, four separate 90 minute (an hour and a half) courses a day that changes the following semester. The school campus is now located in a new facility on the Westbank in Avondale by the Alario Center, and each student is issued a school laptop on which to do classwork, projects, and homework. The school’s current principal is Sharmeika Daniels.
The Preuss School, Preuss School UCSD, or Preuss Model School /ˈprɔɪs/ is a coeducational college-preparatory charter day school established on a $14 million campus situated on the University of California San Diego (UCSD) campus in La Jolla, California, United States. The school was named in recognition of a gift from the Preuss Family Foundation and is chartered under the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). Founded in 1999 in the wake of passage of California Proposition 209, Preuss uses an intensive college preparatory curriculum to educate low-income students between sixth and twelfth grades,hoping to improve their historical under-representation on the campuses of the University of California. Criteria for admission include that the student’s primary guardian lacks a college education and that the student’s family qualifies for federal free- or reduced-price lunches under the National School Lunch Act.
Stanton College Preparatory School is a preparatory high school in Jacksonville, Florida, United States. Stanton College Preparatory School is a highly selective school that offers both the Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate. The school’s history dates to the 1860s, serving as the first school for Black students in the state of Florida. It was begun as an elementary school serving the African-American population under the then-segregated education system. It now serves secondary students (grades 9–12) within the Duval County Public Schools of Duval County, Florida. The school offers special curricula which include Honors courses, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses. In 2005, the Advanced Placement Report to the Nation recognized Stanton College Preparatory School as the best large size high school for Advanced Placement in the world.
Lowell High School is a co-educational, public high school in San Francisco, California. Until 1988 the Lowell mascot was the Indian. In 1988, School Superintendent Ramon Cortines ordered that the name be changed to something less offensive. Lowell was the first SFUSD school to be temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco due to a report of respiratory illness by a student’s family member in March 2020 . Lowell was selected as one of the 44 SFUSD schools considered for renaming in 2020.
Lane Tech College Prep High School (often shortened to Lane Tech, full name Albert Grannis Lane Technical College Preparatory High School), is a public 4-year selective enrollment magnet high school located in the Roscoe Village neighborhood on the north side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It is a part of the Chicago Public Schools district. Lane is one of the oldest schools in the city and has an enrollment of over four thousand students, making it the largest high school in Chicago. Lane is a selective-enrollment-based school in which students must take a test and pass a certain benchmark in order to be offered admission.
Haas Hall Academy is a charter school in Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States. It was established in 2004 and in 2018, it was ranked No. 1 in the state (and No. 50 in the nation) by 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools ranking program. Haas Hall Academy’s curriculum is an accelerated college preparatory academic program. Accredited by AdvancED and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Haas Hall Academy holds membership in The College Board and the Science National Honor Society.
Eleanor Roosevelt High School is a small public high school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Eleanor Roosevelt High School is composed of about 33 teachers and 500 students representing over 40 countries. Initially opened at a temporary location in Chelsea, with 105 ninth graders and a staff of eight, ERHS currently has over 500 students and over 45 staff members. Every year, the school selects 125 to 140 students out of over 6,000 applicants and is often selected over specialized high schools by students looking for a more liberal curriculum. In 2021, Eleanor Roosevelt High School was ranked the 81st best public high school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science is New Mexico’s #1 charter school. For 12 years, they have provided an extraordinary education to students in the Albuquerque metro who are interested in pursuing careers requiring advanced math, science, and technology skills. They have been A-rated in the past six years by NM Public Education Department and have scored highest in national PARCC and international PISA. They offer award-winning academics and a wide selection of extra-curricular activities ranging from competitive math and science teams to sports and other competitive athletics.
The Union County Magnet High School (UCMHS) is a magnet public high school located in Scotch Plains on the Union County Vocational Technical Schools Campus, serving the vocational and technical educational needs of students in ninth through twelfth grades throughout Union County, New Jersey, United States. The school’s goal is to prepare students for college/vocational training utilizing technology through problem solving, project-based learning, and interdisciplinary education. Students must apply to enter the school and the school accepts one-thirds of applicants. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1946.
Dr. Richard A. Vladovic Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy (VHTPA), formerly Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, is a middle college high school established within Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) in Wilmington, California, United States. It is currently under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Unified School District and is part of the Middle College National Consortium. Under the middle college/dual enrollment program, students attend college courses at LAHC alongside high school classes, and can accumulate credits towards one or multiple associate degrees. Freshman and sophomores are automatically enrolled in “contract education” courses, college classes exclusive to VHTPA students. Upon entering junior year, students are allowed to self-enroll in college courses alongside LAHC underclassmen.
International Studies Charter High School (ISCHS) is a high school formed by the Spanish, Italian, and French Embassies in association with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. It is located on historic Calle Ocho. It is operated by education management organization Academica. Class size varies from ten to twenty-five. Students may choose the Italian, Spanish, or French studies program. The school also offers Italian and Spanish Advanced Placement programs.
University High School (UHS) is a charter high school on the campus of California State University, Fresno, in Fresno, California. The school emphasizes college-prep academics and music. UHS opened in 2000 with Dr. Brad Huff as the founding Head of School, with its first class graduating in 2004. At the end of the 2004–2005 school year, approximately 370 students were enrolled. The school now has a steady enrollment of about 480 students. University High School is chartered by Fresno Unified School District and has special autonomy over its administration.
José Martí MAST 6-12 Academy, also known as JMMA 6-12 or MAST 3, is a magnet school incorporating grades 6 through 12 in Hialeah, Florida. Established in 1987 as José Martí Middle School, it introduced its magnet program with a high school expansion in 2011. As the MAST (Mathematics and Science Technology) name implies, the school centers its focus around mathematics and science classes, or STEM classes. Martí MAST integrates and combines its middle and high schools into one building. The high school has three academies for its students to choose from: the Life Science Academy, the Physical Science Academy, and Mathematics/Computer Science. The school connects with its students through social media outlets such as Twitter, Edmodo, and teachers’ personal websites.
The Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE) is a New York City public high school located in the Astoria section of Queens, New York. BSGE was established in 2002. It serves a student body of about 400 students between the 7th and 12th grades. The is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer both the MYP (IB Middle Years Programme) and also the IB Diploma Programme. As per the U.S. News 2018 High School Ranking, BSGE was ranked #9 in the nation, and ranked #1 in New York. Applicants must succeed in an admission test, and satisfy other requirements according to the grade entered.
Challenge Early College High School (also known as Challenge Early College, Challenge High School, or CECHS) is a secondary school on the Houston Community College West Loop Campus in Houston. The school handles grades nine through twelve and is a part of the Houston Independent School District. The school’s principal, as of 2011, is Tonya R. Miller. Its motto is “A School of Opportunity.” The school does not automatically take in students from the area; students from the area around the school are zoned to Bellaire High School and Lamar High School. Challenge High School has roughly 450 students, with an incoming freshmen class of 125-130 students each year.
School Without Walls High School (SWW) is a small public magnet high school in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It is colloquially referred to by students and faculty as “Walls.” The school is based on a concept in urban education that encourages students to “use the city as a classroom,” which is the origin of its name. SWW offers a college-preparatory academic curriculum with 22 AP courses. It is part of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) system and draws students from all parts of the city. Applicants must earn at least a 3.0 GPA in seventh grade and the beginning of their eighth-grade year. In the application process, prospective students complete a interview with teachers and current students.
Biotechnology High School (BTHS), or commonly referred to as Biotech, is a four-year comprehensive vocational public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Freehold Township, Monmouth County, United States, as part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District (MCVSD). Its curriculum includes a science program, consisting of eight different science classes spread over four years, designed to prepare students to pursue further education in biotechnology and the natural sciences. Emphasis is placed on research, laboratory skills, critical thinking, problem solving, technology, and teamwork. Over 90% of the 2009 graduates selected college majors in the life sciences. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 2005.
Bergen County Technical High School, also known as Bergen Tech (BT), is a four-year, tuition-free public magnet high school located in Teterboro, New Jersey serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. Bergen Tech is part of the Bergen County Technical Schools, a countywide district that also includes Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, Applied Technology in Paramus, and Bergen Tech in Paramus. The school is nationally recognized, as students have the opportunity to be engaged in a technical major while fulfilling college preparatory classes and having the opportunity to take a wide variety of electives.
Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School (AMSA) is a charter school founded in 2005. It is located at 201 Forest Street in Marlborough, Massachusetts, U.S., in a few remodeled office buildings. The school is widely recognized for its academic achievements, consistently scoring in the highest percentile among Massachusetts schools in the English, math and science MCAS exams. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school the #2 high school in Massachusetts.
Columbus High School began in 1890 at a building known as the Female Academy located at 10th Street and 2nd Avenue in downtown Columbus, Georgia. There were 20 students in the first graduating class in 1892, 3 boys and 17 girls. In 1898, the school moved to its first exclusive building (a two-story, red brick structure) at 11th Street and 4th Avenue and remained at that location until 1927. By that time, the graduating class had grown to a total of 90 students (28 boys and 62 girls). In the early 1900s, three alternative educational tracts were offered at CHS, college preparatory, classical and scientific. In 1913, the first COHISCAN, the CHS annual yearbook, was published. The name is derived from COlumbus HIgh SChool ANnual.
Pacific Collegiate School is a grades 7-12 charter school located on the westside of Santa Cruz, California. Currently, the number of students is about 514. The school mascot the Puma, and the school colors are white, black and silver. According to Newsweek, in 2007 Pacific Collegiate was among the top 22 “elite public schools” in the United States. PCS was named the #2 high school overall in the nation and the #1 charter school in the nation in the December 10, 2007, issue of U.S. News & World Report. The 2009 ranking places it as the #3 high school overall.
Northside Health Careers High School (HCHS) is a magnet school in San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. HCHS attracts students from school districts all across Bexar County and some from as far as Hondo, Texas. HCHS opened in 1984 as one of the first magnet schools in south Texas under principal John Boyers, who remained principal until 2002. The land on which the school sits was donated to Northside Independent School District by the San Antonio Medical Foundation. HCHS is in the heart of San Antonio’s Southwest Medical Center.
Young Women’s College Preparatory Academy (YWCPA) is a middle and high school secondary school for girls in Houston, Texas that is a part of the Houston Independent School District. It opened in 2011 in the former Contemporary Learning Center (CLC) building. The school is located in the Third Ward area. The Foundation for the Education of Young Women and HISD partnered in order to develop the school. The foundation committed $1 million to start the school. The plan initially called for the school to be housed at CLC, but the agenda items, including the plan, were tabled until December 2010.
The Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is an all-girls college preparatory public school of choice for students in grades 6–12 located in Austin, Texas. The school is named for former Texas governor Ann Richards and is part of the Austin Independent School District. In 2015 it was named the 19th most challenging high school in the nation by The Washington Post. The Ann Richards School (commonly referred to as “ARS”) was established in 2007 in the former building of Porter Middle School in south Austin. Former Texas governor Ann Richards took part in making the school possible, but Richards died before she could see the school open.
The Math and Science Academy (MSA) is a charter school that serves students in grades 6 through 12. It is located in the City Center neighborhood of Woodbury, Minnesota, United States. MSA is a tuition free public school open to any student in the state of Minnesota. Subject areas include mathematics, science, humanities, and foreign language. Students must pass complete programs in science and mathematics including biology, chemistry, physics, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and calculus. Graduates meet or exceed the Minnesota Graduation Standards in all areas. Students may be moved into a different mathematics course level depending on performance.
Raleigh Charter High School is a free, independent public school chartered by the North Carolina State Board of Education. It was founded in 1998 by parents of eighth graders at Magellan Charter School. From its inception through the 2010–2011 school year, Raleigh Charter occupied the historic Pilot Mill behind Peace College in downtown Raleigh. Over the summer of 2011, the school moved to the former Methodist Building on Glenwood Avenue. This location offers proximity to downtown Raleigh; the move, however, was motivated not by dissatisfaction with Pilot Mill, but by financial issues: the school rented its first space, but owns the current one.