The best way to get rating information on a local high school is by searching the Niche website. Niche allows users to search for a high school by name, city or zip code and provides parent feedback on a range of categories from academics to food service. As an alternative method of getting ratings information, users can check the U.S. News & World Report's' annual ranking of best high schools.
The Niche home page allows users to search directly for their school or school district. Ratings at Niche are compiled from both parent and student surveys. Those surveyed rank the school by academics, administration, educational outcomes, extracurricular activities and several other categories. Based on the overall rating, Niche assigns each school a number ranking among other schools within the state.
U.S. News & World Report maintains an online database of schools throughout the country. Users can search schools by name or choose from a list of schools within a state. Rankings are determined by student-to-teacher ratios, graduation rates, English and math scores, and overall college readiness. The primary difference between Niche and U.S. News & World Report is that Niche uses student and parent surveys as the means to compile its rankings.