Highly ranked high schools in the United States include the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas; BASIS Scottsdale High School in Scottsdale, Arizona; and the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. High school rankings may be categorized by magnet schools; charter schools; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math schools, also known as STEM schools.
The School for the Talented and Gifted emphasizes advanced placement courses and requires students to take a minimum of 11 for graduation. Students at the School for the Talented and Gifted sometimes partner with local universities to engage in research projects, and the school offers mini-courses such as glass blowing and ballroom dancing.
Other highly rated U.S. high schools include Horace Greeley High School, Conestoga Senior High School and Adlai E. Stevenson High School. Students at Horace Greeley score well above the national average on SAT and ACT tests, and 98 percent graduate. Conestoga is ranked first among Pennsylvania high schools, and boasts a graduation rate of 99 percent. Adlai E. Stevenson has received four Blue Ribbon Awards for Excellence in Education from the U.S. Department of Education, and offers students over 200 courses, with 20 of those being advanced placement.