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This is the Best Public High School in Minnesota

imageforentry23 7zi The quality of American public schools can vary widely between states, cities, and even districts. Not all schools are able to provide students with the same level of education, access to extracurriculars, counseling, or college preparation. While each public school faces its own unique challenges, each state has one public school that stands out as the very best.

The best public high schools tend to be in relatively affluent areas, where incomes are well above the U.S. median household income of $62,843. A wealthier tax base for a school district means that schools have more funding to hire teachers and other faculty and provide more extracurriculars.

In many of the best public high schools in a given state, the vast majority of students graduate and perform well in educational assessments. Nationwide, only 24% of students are proficient in math and 37% are proficient in reading, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Students at top high schools also tend to perform well in college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT, with reported scores well above the 1058 out of 1600 nationwide average for the SAT and the 20.6 out of 36 average for the ACT.

Minnetonka Senior High School ranks as Minnesota’s top public high school, earning an overall A+ grade from school data platform Niche. The school offers Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate programs and boasts a 96% graduation rate.

Like many other top public schools, Minnetonka Senior High is in a relatively affluent area, providing the school with likely greater funding through taxes. The Minnetonka area’s median household income is over $95,000.

To determine the best public high schools in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 2022 K-12 School & District Rankings from Niche, a platform for education data. The Niche ranking is based on academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education as well as student reviews submitted to Niche. Data on student count and student-teacher ratio came from Niche.

State School City/district Students Student-teacher ratio
Alabama Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School Montgomery County Schools 491 16:1
Alaska Mat-Su Career & Tech Education High School Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District 732 19:1
Arizona BASIS Oro Valley Oro Valley 626 6:1
Arkansas Haas Hall Academy Haas Hall Academy 451 14:1
California Henry M. Gunn High School Palo Alto Unified School District 1,996 19:1
Colorado Cherry Creek High School Cherry Creek School District 3,806 21:1
Connecticut Staples High School Westport School District 1,828 12:1
Delaware The Charter School of Wilmington Wilmington 971 21:1
Florida Pine View School Sarasota County Schools 1,877 17:1
Georgia Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science & Technology Gwinnett County Public Schools 1,154 17:1
Hawaii Mililani High School Hawaii Department of Education 2,620 18:1
Idaho Boise Senior High School Boise Independent School District 1,570 18:1
Illinois Payton College Preparatory High School Chicago Public Schools 1,220 16:1
Indiana Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities Muncie 239 7:1
Iowa Pleasant Valley High School Pleasant Valley Community School District 1,461 18:1
Kansas Blue Valley North High School Blue Valley Unified School District (Overland Park) 1,483 15:1
Kentucky DuPont Manual High School Jefferson County Public Schools 1,887 17:1
Louisiana Benjamin Franklin High School New Orleans 997 20:1
Maine Maine School of Science & Mathematics Limestone 133 10:1
Maryland Poolesville High School Montgomery County Public Schools 1,205 19:1
Massachusetts MA Academy for Math & Science School Worcester 99 16:1
Michigan International Academy Oakland Schools 1,520 N/A
Minnesota Minnetonka Senior High School Minnetonka Public School District 3,386 19:1
Mississippi The Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science Columbus 238 11:1
Missouri Ladue Horton Watkins High School Ladue School District 1,315 15:1
Montana Bozeman High School Bozeman 2,243 17:1
Nebraska Millard North High School Millard Public Schools 2,614 18:1
Nevada The Davidson Academy Reno 178 4:1
New Hampshire Hanover High School Sau 70 742 12:1
New Jersey High Technology High School Lincroft 293 13:1
New Mexico Arrowhead Park Early College High School Las Cruces Public Schools 343 18:1
New York Stuyvesant High School New York City Geographic District No. 2 3,384 21:1
North Carolina North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Durham 680 7:1
North Dakota Fargo Davies High School Fargo 1,295 15:1
Ohio Indian Hill High School Indian Hill Exempted Village School District 628 12:1
Oklahoma Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics Oklahoma City 150 6:1
Oregon School of Science & Technology Beaverton School District 175 24:1
Pennsylvania Julia R. Masterman Secondary School Philadelphia City School District 1,207 24:1
Rhode Island Barrington High School Barrington Public Schools 1,122 14:1
South Carolina South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics Hartsville 270 13:1
South Dakota Washington High School Sioux Falls School District 1,950 17:1
Tennessee Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet School Metro Nashville Public Schools 907 20:1
Texas School for the Talented & Gifted Dallas Independent School District 409 17:1
Utah Karl G. Maeser Preparatory Academy Lindon 634 17:1
Vermont South Burlington High School South Burlington School District 880 13:1
Virginia Maggie Walker Governor’s School Richmond 746 15:1
Washington Tesla STEM High School Lake Washington School District 603 21:1
West Virginia Bridgeport High School Harrison County Schools 833 17:1
Wisconsin Brookfield East High School Elmbrook School District 1,310 17:1
Wyoming Jackson Hole High School Teton County School District No. 1 740 13:1


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