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Top 25 High Schools: South

The best schools in the Southern U.S., according to Newsweek’s Best American High Schools list.

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Clinton Lewis

1. Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky; Bowling Green, Kentucky

Overall Newsweek Rank: 1

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 4.0

2. International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High; Bartow, Florida

Overall Newsweek Rank: 2

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 4.4

School of Science/Engineering Magnet

3. School of Science/Engineering Magnet; Dallas, Texas

Overall Newsweek Rank: 4

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 3.9

Alfonso Correa

4. The School for the Talented and Gifted Magnet High School; Dallas, Texas

Overall Newsweek Rank: 5

Graduation Rate: 90%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 3.9

Carlos Llano/MDC

5. School for Advanced Studies; Miami, Florida

Overall Newsweek Rank: 6

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 3.3

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

6. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; Alexandria, Virginia

Overall Newsweek Rank: 8

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 2.0

Suncoast Community High School

7. Suncoast Community High School; Riviera Beach, Florida

Overall Newsweek Rank: 9

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 97%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 2.8

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8. Stanton College Preparatory School; Jacksonville, Florida

Overall Newsweek Rank: 10

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 99%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 2.7

Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts

9. Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts; Hot Springs, Arkansas

Overall Newsweek Rank: 13

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.7

Lee Costic

10. Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government and International Studies; Richmond, Virginia

Overall Newsweek Rank: 14

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.5

Dr. April Lufkin Miller

11. Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, Shades Valley; Irondale, Alabama

Overall Newsweek Rank: 15

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 2.3

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12. Pine View School; Osprey, Florida

Overall Newsweek Rank: 17

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.6

13. Academic Magnet High School; North Charleston, South Carolina

Overall Newsweek Rank: 20

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.7

Guilford County Schools

14. Early College at Guilford; Greensboro, North Carolina

Overall Newsweek Rank: 21

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.3

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics

15. North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics; Durham, North Carolina

Overall Newsweek Rank: 23

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.2

Alexander Pete Patellis/Edgewood Jr/Sr High School

16. Edgewood Jr./Sr. High School; Merritt Island, Florida

Overall Newsweek Rank: 27

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.6

Dave Einsel

17. Carnegie Vanguard High School; Houston, Texas

Overall Newsweek Rank: 28

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 93%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.9

Mason Shea

18. Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School; Austin, Texas

Overall Newsweek Rank: 33

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.3

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19. The PAXON School for Advanced Studies; Jacksonville, Florida

Overall Newsweek Rank: 35

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 99%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 2.1

A.W.Dreyfoos School of the Arts Theatre Department

20. Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts; West Palm Beach, Florida

Overall Newsweek Rank: 39

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 98%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.4

Mary Deifer

21. Raleigh Charter High School; Raleigh, North Carolina

Overall Newsweek Rank: 40

Graduation Rate: 95%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.3

Brandon Thibodeaux & Uplift Education

22. Uplift North Hills Preparatory School; Irving, Texas

Overall Newsweek Rank: 41

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.6

Hana Bilicki

23. West Shore Junior Senior High School; Melbourne, Florida

Overall Newsweek Rank: 45

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.4

Yazmin Martinez

24. duPont Manual High School; Louisville, Kentucky

Overall Newsweek Rank: 50

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 99%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.1

Brandon Thibodeaux & Uplift Education

25. Uplift Summit International Prepararory; Arlington, Texas

Overall Newsweek Rank: 51

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 2.0