Looking at Stats of the Best High Schools for Math and Science Rankings

Hear are some of the key characteristics of the top ranked math and science high schools.

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U.S.News & World Report just released its first-ever rankings of the Best High Schools for Math and Science in the United States. 

In order to do the rankings, we first looked at the nearly 600 schools that qualified for the Gold, Silver, and Honorable Mention lists on the current U.S. News Best High Schools, published in December 2009. For those schools, we then evaluated the 2008 graduates' participation rates and performance on AP® exams in math and science.

The ranking of the top 208 high schools is based on the key principle that students at the Best High Schools for Math and Science must take and pass a robust curriculum of college-level math and science STEM courses. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math.

[Read all about the rankings methodology for the Best High Schools for Math and Science.]

Here's a closer look at some of the key characteristics of the top 208 Best High Schools for Math and Science:

The top 10 states with the most high schools in the rankings:

1. California: 40 schools

2. New York: 30

3. Illinois: 15

4. Massachusetts:13

4. Texas: 13

6. New Jersey: 11

7. Florida: 8

8. North Carolina: 7

9. Maryland: 6

9. Virginia: 6

9. Washington: 6

Number of states with high schools in the rankings: 33

Number of high schools in the suburbs: 108

Number of high schools in a city: 82

Number of high schools in a rural location: 16

Number of high schools that are public charter schools: 15

Number of high schools that are magnet schools: 21

Number of high schools that have an application and use a merit-based selection: 50

Number of high schools that have application and use a non-merit-based selection: 21

Number of high schools that are open enrollment: 137

Largest high school: Adlai E. Stevenson High School (IL), ranked No. 62 (tie)

Smallest high school: School for Advanced Studies—North Campus (FL), ranked No. 147 (tie)

School with the largest percentage of economically disadvantages students: High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies (NY), ranked No. 188 (tie)

School with the largest percentage of minority enrollment: IDEA Academy & College Preparatory (TX), ranked No. 62 (tie)