The U.S. News & World Report lists as the top high schools for 2015 the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas, Basis Scottsdale in Arizona and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. Other tops schools are listed by state.
The School for the Talented and Gifted has a student-to-teacher ratio of 15 to 1 and a college readiness index of 100. It focuses on Advanced Placement curriculum, with a minimum of 11 AP courses completed by each student before graduation. There is a 73 percent exam pass rate for AP tests. It is a magnet school and serves grades nine through 12.
At the Basis Scottsdale school, students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement classes, and 96 percent of students pass their AP exams. The college readiness index is 100, while the proficiency in both reading and mathematics is 100 percent. It is a charter school that serves grades five through 12.
Thomas Jefferson High School has a student-to-teacher of 17 to 1 and a college readiness index of 100. It uses a science, technology, engineering and math-based curriculum. Seniors complete a technical lab project before graduation. This school offers more than 10 specialized labs for student use. There is a 97 percent AP exam passing rate at this high school.