25 Best High Schools in the West

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 West. See full results here.

BASIS Scottsdale

1. BASIS Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona


Overall Rank: 2

FINAL SCORE: 9.5353

School Type: Charter

Enrollment: Lottery

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 96%

AP/IB Tests per student: 3.04

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.94

SAT: 2109

ACT: 31

BASIS Oro Valley

2. BASIS Oro Valley

Oro Valley, Arizona


Overall Rank: 5

FINAL SCORE: 9.2270

School Type: Charter

Enrollment: Lottery

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 99%

AP/IB Tests per student: 2.37

AP/IB Pass Rate: 1.00

SAT: 1856

ACT: 27.1

Gretchen Whitney High School

3. Gretchen Whitney High School

Cerritos, California


Overall Rank: 13

FINAL SCORE: 8.6991

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 99%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 63%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.46

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.95

SAT: 1967

ACT: 29.8

International Community School

4. International Community School

Kirkland, Washington


Overall Rank: 16

FINAL SCORE: 8.5617

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Lottery

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

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

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.59

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.81

SAT: 2024

ACT: 30.03

Oxford Academy

5. Oxford Academy

Cypress, California


Overall Rank: 19

FINAL SCORE: 8.5094

School Type: Magnet

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

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

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.65

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.82

SAT: 1906

ACT: 28.5


BASIS Tucson North

6. BASIS Tucson North

Tucson, Arizona


Overall Rank: 25

FINAL SCORE: 8.3392

School Type: Charter

Enrollment: Lottery

Graduation Rate: 96.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 80%

AP/IB Tests per student: 2.65

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.86

SAT: 1986

ACT: 30

International School

7. International School

Bellevue, Washington


Overall Rank: 28

FINAL SCORE: 8.2813

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Lottery

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 94%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 71%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.65

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.76

SAT: 1877

ACT: 27.9

The Davidson Academy of Nevada

8. The Davidson Academy of Nevada

Reno, Nevada


Overall Rank: 30

FINAL SCORE: 8.1889

School Type: Magnet

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

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

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.89

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.97

SAT: 2226

ACT: 32.8

Troy High School

9. Troy High School

Fullerton, California


Overall Rank: 33

FINAL SCORE: 8.1342

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.0%

College Bound: 100%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 59%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.98

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.89

SAT: 1830

ACT: N/A

The Daily Beast

10. Dougherty Valley High School

San Ramon, California


Overall Rank: 37

FINAL SCORE: 8.0326

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.7%

College Bound: 98%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 39%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.81

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.94

SAT: 1840

ACT: 27.5

Northland Preparatory Academy

11. Northland Preparatory Academy

Flagstaff, Arizona


Overall Rank: 40

FINAL SCORE: 8.0192

School Type: Charter

Enrollment: Lottery

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 100%

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

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.67

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.78

SAT: 1785

ACT: 27.6

Palos Verdes High School

12. Palos Verdes High School

Palos Verdes Estates, California

 

Overall Rank: 44

FINAL SCORE: 7.9469

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.6%

College Bound: 98.7%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 42%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.82

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.78

SAT: 1703

ACT: 26

Orange County School of the Arts

13. Orange County School of the Arts

Santa Ana, California


Overall Rank: 48

FINAL SCORE: 7.8862

School Type: Charter

Enrollment: Selective

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 99%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 46%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.59

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.78

SAT: 1713

ACT: 25.4

D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School

14. D'Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School

Denver, Colorado


Overall Rank: 51

FINAL SCORE: 7.8369

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Lottery

Graduation Rate: 99.7%

College Bound: 99%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 33%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.58

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.83

SAT: N/A

ACT: 26.4

Diamond Bar High School

15. Diamond Bar High School

Diamond Bar, California

Overall Rank: 54

FINAL SCORE: 7.8114

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.8%

College Bound: 95%

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

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.93

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.86

SAT: 1742

ACT: 27.2


Canyon Crest Academy

16. Canyon Crest Academy

San Diego, California


Overall Rank: 65

FINAL SCORE: 7.7000

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Lottery

Graduation Rate: 99.1%

College Bound: 90%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 53%

AP/IB Tests per student: 1.09

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.88

SAT: 1862

ACT: 27

Westlake High School

17. Westlake High School

Westlake Village, California


Overall Rank: 72

FINAL SCORE: 7.6539

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 98.7%

College Bound: 97%

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

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.89

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.85

SAT: 1754

ACT: 25.88

Monte Vista High School

18. Monte Vista High School

Danville, California


Overall Rank: 88

FINAL SCORE: 7.5264

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.7%

College Bound: 95%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 25%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.37

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.89

SAT: 1769

ACT: 26.2


Walnut High School

19. Walnut High School

Walnut, California


Overall Rank: 97

FINAL SCORE: 7.4748

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 98.2%

College Bound: 95%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 36%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.88

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.91

SAT: 1717

ACT: 26.2

Horizon Honors High School

20. Horizon Honors High School

Phoenix, Arizona


Overall Rank: 99

FINAL SCORE: 7.4617

School Type: Charter

Enrollment: Lottery

Graduation Rate: 100.0%

College Bound: 99%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 20%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.28

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.74

SAT: 1674

ACT: 24.81

21. Dos Pueblos

Goleta, California


Overall Rank: 115

FINAL SCORE: 7.3871

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.0%

College Bound: 98%

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

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.57

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.66

SAT: 1696

ACT: 26.4

Yorba Linda High School

22. Yorba Linda High School

Yorba Linda, California


Overall Rank: 116

FINAL SCORE: 7.3850

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 98.4%

College Bound: 98%

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

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.57

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.87

SAT: 1660

ACT: 25.2

Westview High School

23. Westview High School

San Diego, California


Overall Rank: 118

FINAL SCORE: 7.3812

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.0%

College Bound: 94%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 36%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.95

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.70

SAT: 1709

ACT: 26

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

24. Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

Rolling Hills Estates, California


Overall Rank: 121

FINAL SCORE: 7.3523

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.0%

College Bound: 98%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 41%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.90

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.85

SAT: 1781

ACT: 27.1

South High School

25. South High School

Torrance, California


Overall Rank: 139

FINAL SCORE: 7.2292

School Type: Regular

Enrollment: Open

Graduation Rate: 99.6%

College Bound: 94%

% Students Enrolled in AP/IB/AICE: 25%

AP/IB Tests per student: 0.47

AP/IB Pass Rate: 0.77

SAT: 1657

ACT: 24.08