In many ways, we walk through the gateway to adulthood when we walk across the stage to receive our high school diploma. More than a piece of paper, completion of a secondary school curriculum symbolizes that an individual is ready and capable to embark upon the first step of the journey to becoming a productive citizen. Students trade their high school lockers for college dorms and rides in yellow busses for commutes to work. Instead of training their bodies for basketball and football, some students will begin training for service in the military. There are many paths that a high school graduate may choose to take and a great public high school must serve all these students, not simply those pupils who are college bound.
A truly great public high school promotes college and career readiness by providing a multifaceted and robust compliment of educational and extracurricular activities. The United States has more than 24,000 public secondary schools. Many of those schools provide an extraordinary education and help to mold the leaders of tomorrow in every sector of the economy. TheBestSchools has compiled a list of The 100 Best Public High Schools in the U.S. to highlight these institutions which couple a strong curriculum with a high rate of success for all students while also serving disadvantaged students and providing an impressive offering of facilities, clubs and activities.
The schools in this list are found across the country. No matter where you call home, an outstanding high school is close to you. We have paid special attention to include schools which promote a “high school atmosphere” and, as such, have excluded schools with a very small student population, those housed on college campuses, and schools which include students 7th grade and earlier.