Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #7 Raleigh Charter High School

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re taking a closer look at the schools which made the list. This week we’re headed to the Tar Heel State to take a look at #7: Raleigh Charter High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Quick Stats

  • Grade Levels: 9-12
  • Total Enrollment: 545
  • Students on STEM Premier?: YES

The story of Raleigh Charter High School’s establishment is quite unique, and a testament to strong parental investment in their children’s educations.

In the spring of 1998, the parents of 8th graders at Raleigh’s Magellan Charter School wanted their children to pursue the same innovative education into their high school career and to expand the same opportunity to even more area students. These parents organized with businesses, educational professionals, and college professors to establish RCHS and its affiliated non-profit.

On RCHS’s website, they describe the three key elements of their educational philosophy to be:

  1. A small community of learners allowing teachers to focus on teaching
  2. Very actively involved parents
  3. Hands-on, experiential learning

This seems to be a successful combination as - in addition to its #7 ranking among the best STEM high schools in the country - Raleigh Charter High School has been ranked as the #2 high school in North Carolina and the #37 best high school nationally by U.S. News.