25 Best High Schools in the Northeast

We used six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included college-level courses and exams, as well as SAT and ACT scores. Here are the top schools in the Northeast. See full results here.

City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park

1. City Honors School at Fosdick-Masten Park

Buffalo, New York


Overall Rank: 14

Final Score: 8.68
School Type: Magnet
Enrollment: Selective
Graduation Rate: 100.0%
College Bound: 99%
% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 100%
AP/IB Tests per student: 2.00
AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.64
SAT: 1747
ACT: 26.7

Bergen County Academies

2. Bergen County Academies

Hackensack, New Jersey

Overall Rank: 15

Region: Northeast
FINAL SCORE: 8.6545
School Type: Magnet
Enrollment: Selective
Graduation Rate: 100.0%
College Bound: 100%
% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 50%
AP/IB Tests per student: 1.26
AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.94
SAT: 2146
ACT: 31

Staten Island Technical High School

3. Staten Island Technical High School

Staten Island, New York


Overall Rank: 20

FINAL SCORE: 8.5059
School Type: Magnet
Enrollment: Selective
Graduation Rate: 99.0%
College Bound: 99%
% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 80%
AP/IB Tests per student: 1.15
AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.91
SAT: 1941
ACT: 28.7

Union County Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics, and Technology

4. Union County Magnet High School for Science, Mathematics, and Technology

Scotch Plains, New Jersey


Overall Rank: 24

FINAL SCORE: 8.3587

School Type: Magnet

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 43%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.74

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.95

SAT: 1960

ACT: 30.1


High Technology High School

5. High Technology High School

High Technology High School
Lincroft, New Jersey

Overall Rank: 27

FINAL SCORE: 8.3005
School Type: Magnet
Enrollment: Selective
Graduation Rate: 98.5%
College Bound: 100%
% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 30%
AP/IB Tests per student: 1.76
AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.94
SAT: 2162
ACT: 

6. Biotechnology High School

Freehold, New Jersey


Overall Rank: 34

FINAL SCORE: 8.1057

School Type: Magnet

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 0%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.53

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.92

SAT: 2034

ACT: 29.6


Mountain Lakes High School

7. Mountain Lakes High School

Mountain Lakes, New Jersey


Overall Rank: 35

FINAL SCORE: 8.0604

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 95%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 78%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.59

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.87

SAT: 1699

ACT: 24.2


Townsend Harris High School

8. Townsend Harris High School

Flushing, New York


Overall Rank: 41

FINAL SCORE: 7.9950

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 99%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 69%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.01

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.61

SAT: 1906

ACT: 20.9


Syosset High School

9. Syosset High School

Syosset, New York


Overall Rank: 42

FINAL SCORE: 7.9894

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.8%

College Bound: 98%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 50%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.16

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.75

SAT: 1760

ACT: 26.2


Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences

10. Union County Academy for Allied Health Sciences

Scotch Plains, New Jersey


Overall Rank: 43

FINAL SCORE: 7.9639

School Type: Magnet

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 37%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.38

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.85

SAT: 1857

ACT: 27


Chatham High School

11. Chatham High School

Chatham, New Jersey


Overall Rank: 45

FINAL SCORE: 7.9281

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.6%

College Bound: 99%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 50%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.63

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.83

SAT: 1744

ACT: 26.6


The Wheatley School

12. The Wheatley School

Old Westbury, New York


Overall Rank: 47

FINAL SCORE: 7.8956

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.3%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 47%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.09

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.76

SAT: 1715

ACT: 25.2


Connecticut IB Academy

13. Connecticut IB Academy

East Hartofrd, Connecticut


Overall Rank: 49

FINAL SCORE: 7.8826

School Type: Magnet

Enrollment: Lottery

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 40%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.05

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.72

SAT: 1680

ACT: 25


Boston Latin School

14. Boston Latin School

Boston, Massachusetts


Overall Rank: 55

FINAL SCORE: 7.8016

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 98.6%

College Bound: 99%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 40%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.83

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.80

SAT: 1919

ACT: N/A


New Hartford Senior High School

15. New Hartford Senior High School

New Hartford, New York


Overall Rank: 56

FINAL SCORE: 7.7959

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.5%

College Bound: 96%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 54%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.28

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.71

SAT: 1662

ACT: 25.3


Hastings High School

16. Hastings High School

Hastings-on-Hudson, New York


Overall Rank: 61

FINAL SCORE: 7.7495

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.1%

College Bound: 97%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 35%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.67

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.87

SAT: 1820

ACT: 27.8


Unionville High School

17. Unionville High School

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania


Overall Rank: 66

FINAL SCORE: 7.6889

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 95%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 31%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.54

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.93

SAT: 1731

ACT: 25.7


Bronxville High School

18. Bronxville High School

Bronxville, New York


Overall Rank: 67

FINAL SCORE: 7.6814

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 97.5%

College Bound: 98%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 48%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.09

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.85

SAT: 1865

ACT: 27


John F. Kennedy High School

19. John F. Kennedy High School

Bellmore, New York


Overall Rank: 68

FINAL SCORE: 7.6639

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.0%

College Bound: 99%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 34%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.73

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.86

SAT: 1676

ACT: 25.3

Staples High School

20. Staples High School

Westport, Connecticut


Overall Rank: 69

FINAL SCORE: 7.6639

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.0%

College Bound: 97%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 26%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.59

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.93

SAT: 1785

ACT: 28


Union County Vocational-Technical High School

21. Union County Vocational-Technical High School

Scotch Plains, New Jersey


Overall Rank: 70

FINAL SCORE: 7.6544

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 23%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.04

AP/IB Pass Rate: 1.00

SAT: 1613

ACT: N/A


Locust Valley High School

22. Locust Valley High School

Locust Valley, New York


Overall Rank: 71

FINAL SCORE: 7.6541

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 96%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 56%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.36

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.51

SAT: 1592

ACT: 23.9


Pittsford Sutherland High School

23. Pittsford Sutherland High School

Pittsford, New York


Overall Rank: 75

FINAL SCORE: 7.6234

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.0%

College Bound: 98%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 48%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.21

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.54

SAT: 1760

ACT: 26.9


Bernards High School

24. Bernards High School

Bernardsville, New Jersey


Overall Rank: 76

FINAL SCORE: 7.6224

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 97%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 29%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.68

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.80

SAT: 1646

ACT: 24.8


25. Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School

Rumson, New Jersey


Overall Rank: 80

FINAL SCORE: 7.5980

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.6%

College Bound: 99%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 34%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.67

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.66

SAT: 1778

ACT: N/A