The left coast is home to the most-represented state on the list of Newsweek’s best American high schools: California. Nearly 140 schools there ranked on the list, including the top school on Newsweek’s Transformative list, but the region is also buoyed by leading institutions in the neighboring states.
To generate the overall rankings, we factored in six criteria. Three make up 75 percent of the overall score—the four-year graduation rate, college-acceptance rate, and number of AP and other high-level exams given per student. Average SAT/ACT scores and AP/college-level test scores count for another 10 percent each, and the number of AP courses offered per student counts for the final 5 percent. Because most of these data aren’t available from a central source, we collected it by reaching out directly to high-school administrators directly. 15,000 were contacted, and 2300 responded.