Which U.S. States Have the Best High Schools?

Students walking down the hallwayMassachusetts ranked as the best state in the U.S. in terms of high school education for 2018, with 25.7% of its 354 eligible high schools earning gold and silver medal status.
U.S. News based its rankings on the number of schools with a calculated state performance index. California ranked second best with a 25.4% of 2,062 high schools having gold and silver medals, while 24.1% of high schools in Maryland achieved the same.

State of Education

Gold and silver medals serve as proof of the schools’ ability to prepare students for tertiary education. Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test results determine the capacity of high schools to produce college-ready students.

High graduation rates also reflect the standings. While California only ranked second, it had the most number of high schools with gold medals at 85. Texas and New York had 73 and 57, respectively. In Massachusetts, there were only 20 schools with gold medals. A higher tuition fee is often understood as a benchmark of quality education, but luckily for students, there are now cheaper yet equally good alternatives, such as online high school classes. Many schools, including The American Academy, offer these programs.

School Expenses

New York City’s private high schools charge the highest tuition costs among all cities in the country at more than $29,000 on average per year. On the other hand, private school education in Litchfield County, Connecticut, costs around $45,000 on average each year.

Public school education costs less, but many still look for cheaper alternatives, leading them to consider online classes. Some schools have integrated online learning to their curriculum in response to the changing needs.

High school tuition fees shouldn’t always cost a fortune to be seen as a factor for producing well-educated students. The broader availability of the Internet serves as one reason virtual courses can complement traditional classes, if not completely replace them.

Posted on by George Cummins in Dot Edu

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