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Jul 6, 2013 3:32AM
I saw one kid sitting with his feet on the chair and just wonder if in these great schools they teach the kids the proper way to sit in a chair. You can have a real wizard that doesn't know the difference between right and wrong, basic manners, and sensitivities etc.
May 29, 2013 6:50AM
Okay the majority of these are not actual High Schools. There well funded magnet schools or gifted schools.
May 29, 2013 1:55AM
I'm just shocked that the best school in the US is in Texas

Apr 24, 2013 7:06AM
I'm shocked, private/expensive schools are ranked the best High Schools in America?  Who knew?  I thought XYZ High School in Urbantown, USA would be ranked amonst the best.
Apr 24, 2013 5:56AM
This list is a joke.  How about comparing public schools that must accept all student instead of selective schools.  Any school can excel if they only take the top students.
Apr 23, 2013 9:23PM
In the photo of the 18 visible students at BASIS High school in Arizona, I do not see 1 student who is probably over the age of 12.  Why is that?
Apr 23, 2013 6:43PM
Everyone is such a whiner! My younger brother graduated from the number one listed high school. 

First, it is a PUBLIC high school, we could have never afforded private if we wanted to.

Second, he went to school with majority Black and Mexican, so those of you who are judging about only white in these schools, guess again.

Third, he worked his butt off to graduate, and still lived a normal teenage life. Parties, alcohol getting into trouble with parents etc.

The school is great, thank you for giving my brother the right education, and now earning a six figure salary.

Apr 23, 2013 6:43PM

honestly, a pretty interesting take. but one with virtually no merit. oh, and to those who come from the south and want to bad mouth northern schools, i am from minnesota and VERY proud of it. i have lived all over this country and have found that the north, in general, has better public schools. that said, you have both good and bad schools, teachers, and students everywhere. here is the thing though, this article, along with most like it, tends to focus on things like AP courses and the like. all fine and good, but at the end of the day, if you want to focus on the best schools, go with everything to include extra curriculars and sports. somehow, i am just going out on a limb here, i am guessing that the school for the talented and gifted is not winning any 5a football state championships. BUT i would be willing to bet that there are plenty of top student athletes in other schools that could go to this one or any other on the list. here in minnesota i usually see a couple of schools ranked in the top 100 or so in the U.S. in polls like this. the funny thing is that they usually are not even in the states own top 25. sorry, but coming from a long line of educators, and having done some time of my own, i am convinced that school, education and sports are what you make of it. yeah, can these schools get you ahead - maybe. but as some have alluded to, are you going to have a good time??? probably not. the ultimate reality is, the kids going to these schools go there for a reason and that is why they tend to be considered "public" in theory, anyone CAN go. but again, not everyone can or does so in truth, they become private schools with public funding. i am willing to be that not one of them has a full blown special education department ... or esl programs. at the end of the day, it may be interesting reading, but truth be told these schools are not traditional public schools and never will be.



Apr 23, 2013 6:15PM

Thoroughly bogus "rating" of top US high schools. DISINGENUOUS. Why? Because these are all

magnet/magnate schools that draw the top students from their districts to enjoy those extra special levels of instruction and educator direction. Being a "mentor educator" for over 20 years I know

of what I speak. I thoroughly believe that the methods and advanced programs can be applied to ALL

schools throughout a district and would thus elevate the standards and capabilities of ALL STUDENTS,  not merely the privileged few who in most cases have highly motivated parents who come from "professional" walks of life. BOGUS.

It's easy to sit and judge others, when you don't have the education required to do the judging!!!  As someone once said - "If you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem!"!!!
Apr 23, 2013 5:24PM
Note that all these "public" schools have strict entrance and performance requirements.  They are not bothered by the lazy and profane.  Does that lower the performance of public schools that do not or cannot have these requirements?  Of course.  Do the teachers of these lower public schools bear the brunt of the lack of performance for these schools.  Of course.  That is why comparing student performances for teachers is a bit suspect.
Apr 23, 2013 5:07PM
so many great schools and colleges, yet employers got to hire overseas for talent. These schools must be a façade.
Apr 23, 2013 4:53PM

Not a single school from New York City!  Well here they are


Bronx High School of Science


Brooklyn Tech

High School of Music and Art

High School of Performing Arts


And these are all public high schools though they are very selective.  The list in this article is very biased toward newer charter schools located in the south and south west.


by the way how come Boston Latin did not make the list.  My understanding is that this High School is one of the best in the Country.

Apr 23, 2013 4:39PM

Why is Gwinnett (GA) listed #3 when the ratings indicators are higher than #1 and #2.


Apr 23, 2013 4:20PM
Just because these are top schools doesn't mean that students get the best education. I live in Montgomery and I had the choice of going to Loveless but I didn't go because I didn't want to stay up all night doing homework or spending my weekends doing time consuming projects. I think that student morale should be accounted for in creating this list because all of my friends at Loveless are stressed and have no life. Most of their parents forced them to go there just because it was a top high school and they thought their children would automatically become geniuses. A lot of students at Loveless won't make it past their freshman year because the course study is just so demanding. You could get a perfectly good education somewhere else without all of the extra unnecessary work. And don't be fooled about the amount of scholarship money given away. If 13 million was awarded, 1 student probably got 4 million.
Apr 23, 2013 4:09PM
I wonder if any Chinese or Hindi students go to these schools. The parents of these children have a way of pushing their way through the doors of quite a few of these schools.
Apr 23, 2013 3:21PM
I find it very interesting about the irrelevant political and geographical inferences in most of the comments.  This is just another "feel good" article to give all of the mediocre students an excuse for their lack of success.  "Mom, I am only a "C" student because I don't go to the best school" ...  It is true that most of the best schools are not public schools.  This is because the competitive entrance process (or "lottery" in WA) pushes students to be better for entrance.  Read that again.  They are already better students on day one.   It is not the schools who make excellent students, it is the students who make excellent schools.  If little Johnny prefers video games over algebra, he will not become a math major because he goes to a great school.  It's too bad America has gone soft on education and prefers to blame the school when they should be blaming themselves for not making their kids do more homework. 
Apr 23, 2013 3:03PM
I am currently attending high school in Nevada: one of the worst school systems in the country. Like most things in life, it is what you make of it. You can choose to work hard, and go beyond what is expected, or slug around. However, we as Americans need to be grateful that we even have public schools offered to us; we are one of the few countries that offers free education to every race, gender, or level of intellect. Weather you are smart, dumb, mentally impaired, black, white, girl or boy, you have the same chance as everyone else when you are born to learn. WE SHOULD BE SO EXCITED ABOUT THAT!! I feel like as Americans born with a silver spoon in our mouths, we focus too much on if our spoon in more tarnished than the one our neighbor has instead of being happy with the fact that we even have a spoon. So, rejoice, America! Rejoice for we are privileged even when we are downtrodden.
Apr 23, 2013 2:50PM

I live within three miles of one of these schools and though many of you fuss that a charter school is not a public school, you are wrong.  Public charter schools are open to any child willing to apply and face the rigor the school offers.  So many kids and their parents are not willing to take the challenge.


 I teach in an elementary school that eventually feeds into this highly ranked school and I will say that though many of you whined about so-called southern schools, teachers in my district cringe when a new student says he/she is from a northern school.  Many northern schools employ union teachers who care little about much except when their next union meeting is.  It's the truth, no bias included.


If you are not an educator who is invested in bettering the life of a child, then shut up.  If you think you have a right to complain, then complain, but get off your lazy self and become part of the solution, not the problem.  Be an involved parent in your child's education.  Or better yet, become a highly qualified educator and solve the educational issues in our country instead of complaining about them.  I did, after 15 years in corporate America, and I am thrilled to go to work everyday and teach.  I would never go back.  And...one last tip - proofread your posts, people!

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