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Top 25 Transformative High Schools

We re-ranked all our top schools based on the number of students who fall below federal poverty lines. The result: the most transformative secondary institutions across the country.

Our list of the top high schools in America highlights places that best prepare students for postsecondary education. However, because there is a correlation between wealth and graduation, and between wealth and achievement, schools in high-income areas tend to rank higher. In order to recognize schools that are doing well despite challenges with budgets, Newsweek and The Daily Beast re-ranked all of our top schools based on the number of students that fall below federal poverty lines. The result: the most transformative secondary institutions across the country. 

The methodology for this list is simple: we multiplied each top school’s Newsweek score by the percentage of students who are eligible for free- or reduced-price lunches, a leading indicator of socioeconomic status. The overall ranking for each school is based on the graduation rate, college-bound rate of grads, AP participation, and test scores.

The Preuss School

The Preuss School UCSD

La Jolla, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 154

Graduation Rate: 92%

College-bound Grad Rate: 99%

AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.9

Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 100%

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
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 81%

Brandon Thibodeaux & Uplift Education

Uplift Williams Preparatory School

Dallas, Texas

Overall Newsweek Rank: 732
Graduation Rate: 100%
College-bound Grad Rate: 100%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.1
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 96%

Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School

Los Angeles, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 802
Graduation Rate: 100%
College-bound Grad Rate: 99%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.6
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 98%

Brandon Thibodeaux & Uplift Education

Uplift Peak Preparatory School

Dallas, Texas

Overall Newsweek Rank: 732
Graduation Rate: 100%
College-bound Grad Rate: 100%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.1
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 96%

Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School

Los Angeles, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 902
Graduation Rate: 97%
College-bound Grad Rate: 98%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.6
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 97%

Somerset Academy

Homestead, Florida

Overall Newsweek Rank: 1232
Graduation Rate: 98%
College-bound Grad Rate: 98%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.4
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 100%

Sport and Medical Sciences Academy

Hartford, Connecticut

Overall Newsweek Rank: 1238
Graduation Rate: 91%
College-bound Grad Rate: 100%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.1
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 100%

Brad Skiff

Bridgeport High School

Bridgeport, Washington

Overall Newsweek Rank: 1305
Graduation Rate: 93%
College-bound Grad Rate: 100%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.6
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 100%

Mark Savage

Alliance Huntington Park College-Ready Academy High School

Los Angeles, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 1328
Graduation Rate: 98%
College-bound Grad Rate:
95%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.4
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 98%

Oscar de la Hoya

Los Angeles, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 1348
Graduation Rate: 91%
College-bound Grad Rate: 99%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.4
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 98%

Van Nuys High Magnets

Van Nuys, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 172
Graduation Rate: 99%
College-bound Grad ate: 98%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.1
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 81%

Animo Leadership Charter High School

Inglewood, California

Overall Newsweek Rank: 1159
Graduation Rate: 92%
College-bound Grad Rate: 100%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.3
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 95%

Brandon Thibodeaux & Uplift Education

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
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch:
75%

Paul Elledge

Noble Street College Prep

Chicago, Illinois
Overall Newsweek Rank: 1013
Graduation Rate: 94%
College-bound Grad Rate: 100%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.7
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 91%

PSJA Memorial High School

Alamo, Texas
Overall Newsweek Rank:
1597
Graduation Rate: 95%
College-bound Grad Rate: 100%
AP/IB Tests per Student:
0.2
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch:
100%

YES Prep Public Schools, North Central

Houston, Texas
Overall Newsweek Rank:
370
Graduation Rate: 92%
College-bound Grad Rate: 100%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.8
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 82%

Animo Pat Brown Charter High School

Los Angeles, California
Overall Newsweek Rank:
1561
Graduation Rate: 86%
College-bound Grad Rate: 100%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.2
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 99%

Natalie Ma

San Gabriel High School

San Gabriel, California
Overall Newsweek Rank:
925
Graduation Rate: 94%
College-bound Grad Rate: 96%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.5
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 89%

South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy

Edinburg, Texas
Overall Newsweek Rank:
592
Graduation Rate: 97%
College-bound Grad Rate: 98%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 1.2
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 85%

Animo Jackie Robinson Charter High School

Los Angeles, California
Overall Newsweek Rank:
1485
Graduation Rate: 97%
College-bound Grad Rate: 94%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.1
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 97%

Phoenix Military Academy

Chicago, Illinois
Overall Newsweek Rank:
1390
Graduation Rate: 93%
College-bound Grad Rate: 90%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.4
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 95%

Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School

Los Angeles, California
Overall Newsweek Rank:
1102
Graduation Rate: 93%
College-bound Grad Rate: 98%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.8
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 90%

Downtown Magnets High School

Los Angeles, California
Overall Newsweek Rank:
897
Graduation Rate: 94%
College-bound Grad Rate: 97%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.5
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 87%

Valley View High School

Hidalgo, Texas
Overall Newsweek Rank:
1700
Graduation Rate: 96%
College-bound Grad Rate: 74%
AP/IB Tests per Student: 0.5
Students Receiving Subsidized Lunch: 100%