Making the Grade: The Best STEM High Schools in the U.S.

U.S. News and World Report recently released their list of the best STEM high schools in the country. U.S. News, who is no stranger to the importance of STEM education, compiles the annual STEM Index along with Raytheon. The best STEM schools, according to U.S. News’ methodology, are located all around the country - 13 states are represented in the top 25 – and run the gamut of private, public, charter, and magnet schools.  

How were the best schools chosen? First, a school must have received a gold medal award as part of the 2016 U.S. News Best High School rankings; distinguishing it nationally as one of the top 500 schools.

Out of those 500, AP test data in STEM subjects from each school were used to calculate indices in math and science. When combined, these two indices created a final STEM Achievement Index.

In future blogs, we’ll have some fun checking out some of the schools that made the list, and what our platform tells us about the students who attend them.

Proficiency in STEM disciplines is already a vital - and lacking - part of the U.S. economy, and its importance will only increase. Because of this, we are excited to see high schools being recognized which strive to provide the best STEM education possible. If stronger and more effective STEM curricula at the high school level can improve STEM skills among students, everyone wins.