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
#26
644 WEST 17TH ST
LOS ANGELES, CA 90015

N/A
N/A

435 Students

N/A Teachers

76.9
Above National Avg

89% Tested (AP®)

73% Passed (AP®)

#27
5201 UNIVERSITY BLVD
LAREDO, TX 78041

24:1
Larger than National Avg

390 Students

16 Teachers

75.9
Above National Avg

95% Tested (AP®)

69% 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®)

#29
3155 NORTH COLLEGE AVE
FAYETTEVILLE, AR 72703

16:1
Near National Avg

280 Students

18 Teachers

72.1
Above National Avg

100% Tested (AP®)

63% Passed (AP®)

#30
WELLS BRANCH PARKWAY WEST
PFLUGERVILLE, TX 78660

14:1
Near National Avg

561 Students

41 Teachers

71.6
Above National Avg

95% Tested (AP®)

64% Passed (AP®)

#31
353 CRENSHAW
HOUSTON, TX 77034

15:1
Near National Avg

821 Students

54 Teachers

70.4
Above National Avg

100% Tested (AP®)

61% Passed (AP®)

#32
201 FOREST ST
MARLBOROUGH, MA 01752

14:1
Near National Avg

963 Students

70 Teachers

69.4
Above National Avg

74% Tested (AP®)

68% 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®)

#34
1832 SOUTH WAHSATCH
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO 80906

12:1
Smaller than National Avg

135 Students

12 Teachers

67.6
Above National Avg

76% Tested (AP®)

65% Passed (AP®)

#35
5151 STATE UNIVERSITY DR
LOS ANGELES, CA 90032

N/A
N/A

521 Students

N/A Teachers

67.5
Above National Avg

93% Tested (AP®)

59% Passed (AP®)

#36
401 SOUTH 1ST ST
DONNA, TX 78537

16:1
Near National Avg

785 Students

50 Teachers

66.6
Above National Avg

100% Tested (AP®)

55% Passed (AP®)

#37
1560 VALLEY CENTER PARKWAY
BETHLEHEM, PA 18017

15:1
Near National Avg

973 Students

66 Teachers

65.8
Above National Avg

83% Tested (IB)

60% Passed (IB)

#38
11500 ELDRIDGE AVE
LAKEVIEW TERRACE, CA 91342

N/A
N/A

444 Students

N/A Teachers

63.4
Above National Avg

93% Tested (AP®)

54% Passed (AP®)

#39
770 SALEM ST
MALDEN, MA 02148

16:1
Near National Avg

1,390 Students

88 Teachers

62.5
Above National Avg

71% Tested (IB)

60% Passed (IB)

#40
18238 SHERMAN WAY
RESEDA, CA 91335

N/A
N/A

499 Students

N/A Teachers

61.9
Above National Avg

98% Tested (AP®)

50% Passed (AP®)

#41
3901 SOUTH HULEN ST
FORT WORTH, TX 76109

12:1
Smaller than National Avg

337 Students

28 Teachers

61.5
Above National Avg

85% Tested (AP®)

54% Passed (AP®)

#42
1460 THE ALAMEDA
SAN JOSE, CA 95126

N/A
N/A

412 Students

N/A Teachers

59.7
Above National Avg

87% Tested (AP®)

51% Passed (AP®)

#43
3171 NORTH SAM HOUSTON PARKWAY
HOUSTON, TX 77038

11:1
Smaller than National Avg

280 Students

25 Teachers

58.3
Above National Avg

76% Tested (AP®)

52% Passed (AP®)

#44
2023 SOUTH UNION AVE
LOS ANGELES, CA 90007

N/A
N/A

529 Students

N/A Teachers

57.7
Above National Avg

70% Tested (AP®)

54% Passed (AP®)

#45
5651 WEST CREEK DR
FORT WORTH, TX 76133

14:1
Near National Avg

601 Students

44 Teachers

57.5
Above National Avg

80% Tested (AP®)

50% Passed (AP®)

#46
10 WASHINGTON PLACE
NEWARK, NJ 07102

11:1
Smaller than National Avg

1,262 Students

110 Teachers

57.3
Above National Avg

79% Tested (AP®)

50% Passed (AP®)

#47
5435 SOUTH BRAESWOOD
HOUSTON, TX 77096

12:1
Smaller than National Avg

389 Students

33 Teachers

57.1
Above National Avg

79% Tested (AP®)

50% Passed (AP®)

#48
3138 COMMODORE PLAZA
MIAMI, FL 33133

16:1
Near National Avg

440 Students

27 Teachers

56.5
Above National Avg

91% Tested (AP®)

45% Passed (AP®)

#49
9405 BETEL DR
EL PASO, TX 79907

17:1
Larger than National Avg

737 Students

43 Teachers

55.6
Above National Avg

72% Tested (AP®)

50% Passed (AP®)

#50
1114 SOUTH LORENA ST
LOS ANGELES, CA 90023

N/A
N/A

581 Students

N/A Teachers

55.4
Above National Avg

81% Tested (AP®)

47% 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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