AUSTIN, TEXAS — The 2013 U.S. News Best High Schools for STEM rankings come with a sense of deja vu. At the 2013 U.S. News STEM Conference in Austin, Texas, the new list was revealed, and the top three schools on the list are the same as in 2012.
As in 2012, High Technology High School in Lincroft, N.J., came in at No. 1, Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, Va., came in at No. 2, and Troy High school in Fullerton, Calif., came in at No. 3. Rounding out the top 5 this year are the Academy of Allied Health and Science in Neptune, N.J., at No. 4., and Lynbrook High School in San Jose, Calif. at No. 5.
The rankings are based in part upon schools' placement in the U.S. News Best High School rankings, but were also judged upon their students' AP test scores in STEM subjects.
Mayim Bialik, a neuroscientist who is better known as an actress from CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," announced the new rankings but also delivered a message intended to boost participation in and enthusiasm for STEM education.
Bialik said that she hopes to "inspire young people with a message: everyone has the potential to succeed in STEM and that in addition it's an exciting and creative way of life."
The daughter of two public school teachers, Bialik also serves as a brand ambassador for Texas Instruments and often speaks out in particular about getting girls and young women into STEM fields.
Though the schools listed in the U.S. News STEM rankings may be at the top of their games, Bialik added she believes that "no matter where kids go to school, all students should be afforded equal access to a great STEM education."
In addition, Bialik announced the universities with the highest STEM graduation rates. At the top were California Institute of Technology and the Colorado School of Mines, each with 98 percent of their graduates earning degrees in STEM fields. No. 3 was the Missouri University of Science and Technology, at 91 percent.