Rankings of Best High Schools in U.S.

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of the 2019 Best High Schools by Metro Area rankings, which span 933 metro areas in the country.

“We’ve heard from students, parents and school officials that they’re interested in seeing how their school compares with others in the community,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “With these new rankings, residents in more than 900 metro areas nationwide can see which local schools are succeeding at educating and graduating their students.”

Schools are grouped within their respective metro areas, using the same methodology as the 2019 Best High Schools national rankings that were published on April 30 of this year. A school’s national rank corresponds to its metro rank. For example, the highest nationally ranked school in the New York City metro region is also the No. 1 school in the New York City metro area ranking. This is similar to the Best High Schools state rankings.

U.S. News corresponded the metro areas to Core-Based Statistical Areas, or CBSAs, as defined in 2010 by the federal government’s Office of Management and Budget, using U.S. census data. Some of these metropolitan areas may encompass parts of multiple states. For example, Chicago’s CBSA region includes the city proper, nearby parts of Illinois, and neighboring Indiana and Wisconsin.

The full 2019 Best High Schools by Metro Area rankings can be found here.

These are the top-ranked schools in the five largest metro areas:

New York City Metro Area

  1. Townsend Harris High School
  2. Stuyvesant High School
  3. High Technology High School

Los Angeles Metro Area

  1. Whitney High School
  2. Oxford Academy
  3. California Academy of Mathematics and Science

Chicago Metro Area

  1. Payton College Preparatory High School
  2. Northside College Preparatory High School
  3. Lane Technical High School

Dallas Metro Area

  1. Science and Engineering Magnet School (SEM)
  2. The School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG)
  3. Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School

Philadelphia Metro Area

  1. Julia R. Masterman Secondary School
  2. Downingtown STEM Academy
  3. Charter School of Wilmington