Charter schools outperform once again! U.S. News & World Report released the 2021 Best High Schools ranking including data on nearly 24,000 public high schools.
As always, charter schools showed up and outperformed again this year.
Charter schools only make up 10% of all public schools included in the ranking, but they make up 24% of the top 100 best high schools. Charter schools from Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Texas were represented on the top 100.
Let’s take a look at the breakdown:
Top 10 of 2021 Best High Schools
In the top 10 of over 17,000 top ranked public high schools, there were two charter schools in the top 10:
- BASIS Chandler in Arizona (#8)
- Signature School in Indiana (#10).
Top 50 of 2021 Best High Schools
In the top 50 ranked public school schools, seven more charter schools join the list:
- BASIS Oro Valley in Arizona (#23)
- BASIS Peoria in Arizona (#33)
- BASIS Scottsdale in Arizona (#38)
- Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Massachusetts (#40)
- BASIS Ahwatukee in Arizona (#45)
- BASIS Tucson North in Arizona (#47)
- Haas Hall Academy in Arkansas (#50)
Top 100 of 2021 Best High Schools
- BASIS Phoenix in Arizona (#52)
- BASIS Mesa in Arizona (#55)
- Archimedean Upper Conservatory Charter School in Florida (#63)
- Benjamin Franklin High School in Louisiana (#64)
- IDEA Frontier College Preparatory in Texas (#68)
- Charter School of Wilmington in Delaware (#74)
- Preuss School UCSD in California (#76)
- Haas Hall Academy Bentonville in Arkansas (#80)
- Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science in New Mexico (#82)
- International Studies Charter High School in Florida (#85)
- University High School (Fresno) in California (#86)
- Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School in Massachusetts (#93)
- Pacific Collegiate Charter in California (#95)
- Math and Science Academy in Minnesota (#99)
- Raleigh Charter High School in North Carolina (#100)
Congratulations to all the schools in the 2021 Best High Schools ranking! Special mention to these 24 outstanding charter high schools facilitating student success.
Melinda Tolliver is the senior manager of digital strategy at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.