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Top 25 High Schools: West

Newsweek sorts the list of the best high schools in the country to find the top schools in the Western U.S.

More than 250 schools in our full list of the best American high schools are located in California, arguably a hub of innovation in education. But the rest of the West, especially Arizona, also has notable schools.

The premier schools in the West were ranked using the same metrics as our overall list, with primary weighting given to graduation rate, the percent of graduates accepted to college, and the number of AP and IB tests given per student. As well, average SAT, ACT, and AP scores and the number of students enrolled in an AP or IB program were considered.

1. BASIS Scottsdale; Scottsdale, Arizona

Overall Newsweek Rank: 3

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 3.1

Justice Amarillas, courtesy BASIS Tuscon

2. BASIS Tucson North; Tucson, Arizona

Overall Newsweek Rank: 7

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 2.6

3. American Indian Public High School; Oakland, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 11

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 2.6

4. Gretchen Whitney High School; Cerritos, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 18

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.4

5. University High School; Tucson, Arizona

Overall Newsweek Rank: 19

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.6

6. International Community School; Kirkland, Washington

Overall Newsweek Rank: 29

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.5

courtesy Stephen Brashears

7. International School; Bellevue, Washington

Overall Newsweek Rank: 31

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.5

8. Oxford Academy; Cypress, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 34

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.5

9. Troy High School; Fullerton, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 47

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 98%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.1

10. Peak to Peak Charter School; Lafayette, Colorado

Overall Newsweek Rank: 49

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.2

11. The Corbett School; Corbett, Oregon

Overall Newsweek Rank: 58

Graduation Rate: 92%

College-bound Grad Rate: 91%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 2.8

12. Arizona College Preparatory, Erie; Chandler, Arizona

Overall Newsweek Rank: 60

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.9

Jeremy Gaines

13. Lowell High School; San Francisco, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 66

Graduation Rate: 98%

College-bound Grad Rate: 95%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.2

Kathryn Stevens

14. Canyon Crest Academy; San Diego, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 78

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 95%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.1

courtesy Stephen Brashears

15. Newport High School; Bellevue, Washington

Overall Newsweek Rank: 80

Graduation Rate: 96%

College-bound Grad Rate: 97%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.2

16. Saratoga High School; Saratoga, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 81

Graduation Rate: 99%

College-bound Grad Rate: 97%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.8

Christopher Michel/Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

17. Palos Verdes Peninsula High School; Rolling Hills Estates, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 88

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 99%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.9

18. Coeur d'Alene Charter Academy; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Overall Newsweek Rank: 89

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 94%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.9

19. Fairview High School; Boulder, Colorado

Overall Newsweek Rank: 98

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 92%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.9

Joel Glassman/San Marino High School

20. San Marino High School; San Marino, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 99

Graduation Rate: 98%

College-bound Grad Rate: 97%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.8

21. Dougherty Valley High School; San Ramon, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 100

Graduation Rate: 100%

College-bound Grad Rate: 98%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.7

22. Pacific Collegiate School; Santa Cruz, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 101

Graduation Rate: 84%

College-bound Grad Rate: 100%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.4

23. University High School; Irvine, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 102

Graduation Rate: 98%

College-bound Grad Rate: 96%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.8

Terry Yu/Monta Vista High School

24. Monta Vista High School; Cupertino, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 103

Graduation Rate: 97%

College-bound Grad Rate: 90%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.1

courtesy Stephen Brashears

25. Interlake High School; Bellevue, Washington

Overall Newsweek Rank: 111

Graduation Rate: 89%

College-bound Grad Rate: 94%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.6