Charter Schools Best High Schools

Charter schools are public schools that operate under charters and have been released from some of the regulations governing traditional public schools. Charter schools tend to have limited enrollment and usually accept students through an application process. The following are the nation's top charter schools, as calculated by U.S. News. Read the full methodology.

Charter Rank School Students / Teachers College Readiness
#4
255 SWIFT ST
SANTA CRUZ, CA 95060

N/A
N/A

480 Students

N/A Teachers

100.0
Above National Avg

100% Tested (AP®)

100% Passed (AP®)

#57
15777 BOWDOIN ST
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA 90272

N/A
N/A

2,887 Students

N/A Teachers

52.2
Above National Avg

59% Tested (AP®)

50% Passed (AP®)

#17
800 MERLIN DR
LAFAYETTE, CO 80026

19:1
Larger than National Avg

1,444 Students

75 Teachers

84.3
Above National Avg

98% Tested (AP®)

80% Passed (AP®)

#117
250 WEST FIFTH ST
SAN PEDRO, CA 90731

N/A
N/A

850 Students

N/A Teachers

26.0
Above National Avg

38% Tested (AP®)

22% Passed (AP®)

#71
50 ESSEX ST
CAMBRIDGE, MA 02139

13:1
Near National Avg

1,115 Students

85 Teachers

45.8
Above National Avg

51% Tested (AP®)

44% Passed (AP®)

#84
1059 NORTH STATE ST
UKIAH, CA 95482

N/A
N/A

158 Students

N/A Teachers

42.2
Above National Avg

75% Tested (AP®)

31% Passed (AP®)

#80
3559 81ST ST
JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY 11372

14:1
Near National Avg

548 Students

39 Teachers

43.2
Above National Avg

48% Tested (AP®)

42% Passed (AP®)

#28
1800 SOUTH LEMAY AVE
FORT COLLINS, CO 80525

15:1
Near National Avg

764 Students

50 Teachers

75.0
Above National Avg

86% Tested (AP®)

71% Passed (AP®)

#96
9707 1/2 MARILLA DR
LAKESIDE, CA 92040

N/A
N/A

252 Students

N/A Teachers

37.5
Above National Avg

46% Tested (AP®)

35% Passed (AP®)

#51
100 SEBASTOPOL RD
SANTA ROSA, CA 95407

N/A
N/A

689 Students

N/A Teachers

54.8
Above National Avg

60% Tested (AP®)

53% Passed (AP®)

#130
160 JOAN ST
SPRINGFIELD, MA 01129

25:1
Larger than National Avg

1,574 Students

64 Teachers

21.3
Near National Avg

27% Tested (AP®)

19% Passed (AP®)

#138
2315 34TH ST
SACRAMENTO, CA 95817

N/A
N/A

901 Students

N/A Teachers

19.1
Near National Avg

38% Tested (AP®)

13% Passed (AP®)

#33
45 CONGRESS ST
SALEM, MA 01970

9:1
Smaller than National Avg

309 Students

36 Teachers

67.9
Above National Avg

79% Tested (AP®)

64% Passed (AP®)

#86
1450 NE LOOP 410
SAN ANTONIO, TX 78209

14:1
Near National Avg

421 Students

31 Teachers

40.7
Above National Avg

63% Tested (AP®)

33% Passed (AP®)

#6
610 MAIN ST
EVANSVILLE, IN 47708

14:1
Near National Avg

325 Students

23 Teachers

96.3
Above National Avg

100% Tested (AP®)

95% Passed (AP®)

#123
1720 M ST
ARCATA, CA 95521

N/A
N/A

95 Students

N/A Teachers

24.0
Above National Avg

36% Tested (AP®)

20% Passed (AP®)

#111
20807 JOHNSON ST
PEMBROKE PINES, FL 33029

20:1
Larger than National Avg

78 Students

4 Teachers

29.4
Above National Avg

47% Tested (AP®)

24% Passed (AP®)

#54
23255 SW 115TH AVE
HOMESTEAD, FL 33032

72:1
Larger than National Avg

289 Students

4 Teachers

53.7
Above National Avg

74% Tested (AP®)

47% Passed (AP®)

#15
2325 WEST SUNSET RD
TUCSON, AZ 85741

N/A
N/A

800 Students

N/A Teachers

85.0
Above National Avg

100% Tested (AP®)

80% Passed (AP®)

#136
1122 SOUTH 67TH AVE
PHOENIX, AZ 85043

N/A
N/A

432 Students

N/A Teachers

19.4
Near National Avg

31% Tested (AP®)

15% Passed (AP®)

#64
3426 BLAKE SW
ALBUQUERQUE, NM 87105

13:1
Near National Avg

229 Students

18 Teachers

48.4
Above National Avg

50% Tested (AP®)

48% Passed (AP®)

#143
24425 HASS ST
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI 48127

17:1
Near National Avg

1,306 Students

77 Teachers

16.7
Near National Avg

29% Tested (AP®)

13% Passed (AP®)

#8
427 MAIN ST
HYANNIS, MA 02601

11:1
Smaller than National Avg

413 Students

38 Teachers

93.6
Above National Avg

98% Tested (IB)

92% Passed (IB)

#23
890 BROADWAY
REDWOOD CITY, CA 94063

N/A
N/A

422 Students

N/A Teachers

80.1
Above National Avg

100% Tested (AP®)

74% Passed (AP®)

#60
975 STOUT RD
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80921

12:1
Smaller than National Avg

566 Students

49 Teachers

50.0
Above National Avg

57% Tested (AP®)

48% Passed (AP®)

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High School Rankings By State

About The Awards

Gold — Top 500 schools based on highest college readiness

Silver — High-performing schools with lower college readiness

Bronze — High-performing schools based on state exam performance, listed alphabetically

Award Distribution

Name Award Distribution
Gold 2
Silver 7
Bronze 13
Non-medaled 78

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