US News and World Report ranks School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas, BASIC Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia as the three best high schools in the United States in 2015. To create the rankings, US News and World Report analyzes data from more than 29,000 public high schools in the United States.
To rank the public high schools in the United States, US News and World Report considers factors such as whether students at the school outperform state assessment testing expectations, whether minority and disadvantaged students outperform their counterparts in the same state, and the college-readiness of students at the high schools.
US News and World Report includes conventional public schools, charter schools and magnet schools in its rankings. Schools specializing in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are included in the rankings and also listed in their own separate lists. Additionally, US News and World Report offers a breakdown of its high school rankings by state.
Schools with the highest college-readiness results, based in part on the percent of students who took Advanced Placement (AP) exams and the percent of AP exams students pass, are awarded Gold Medal status. Of the 500 Gold Medal recipients in 2015, 14 had the highest possible college-readiness scores.