Suncoast High School and Dreyfoos School of the Arts have been named two of the nation’s top 100 public high schools in a new ranking by U.S. News and World Report.
The magazine ranked Suncoast 53rd in the nation and Dreyfoos 78th in the nation. The schools took ninth and tenth place in Florida, respectively.
Suncoast and Dreyfoos, two selective, application-only public schools, are regular presences on the closely watched annual ranking but tend to battle for the county’s top billing. In 2015, Dreyfoos edged out Suncoast to win 68th place nationally.
Overall, 12 Palm Beach County schools made it into U.S. News’ list of the nation’s top 2,000 public high schools. Of the 12, 10 are school district schools and two — G-Star School of the Arts and Inlet Grove High — are charter schools, which are publicly funded but privately operated.
The national magazine says its annual rankings weigh schools’ graduation rates and how their students perform on state reading and math exams, with adjustments made for the percentage of disadvantaged students each school serves. This year, the magazine gave greater weight to the extent to which schools offer students college-level courses and exams.
The nation’s best high school? According to U.S. News, it’s BASIS Scottsdale, a charter school in Arizona.
Florida’s best high school? The magazine says it’s Pine View School, a school for gifted students in Sarasota County.
Here they are in order of ranking:
Suncoast High, #53
Dreyfoos School of the Arts, #78
Boca Raton High, #566
Spanish River High, #766
Jupiter High, #902
West Boca Raton High, #1,089
Atlantic High, #1,122
Olympic Heights High, #1,142
G-Star School of the Arts, #1,255
Park Vista High, #1,334
Wellington High, #1,592
Inlet Grove High, #1,957