New York City’s Best Public High Schools

Moving to a new city can be challenging. One factor that may highly influence your moving decision is how the high schools in the area rank. While New York has hundreds of schools securing a spot on the U.S. News & World Reports national rankings, we’ve narrowed down the top 10. These schools are all within the 5 boroughs, so if you’re moving to the city, you’re in luck. Taking into account factors like total enrollment, graduation rate, and student-teacher ratio, here is a look at New York’s top 10 public high schools.

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1. High School of American Studies at Lehman College

Bronx, NY

This high school specializes in American history and offers students Advanced Placement courses in English, calculus and chemistry. In addition, HSAS students travel to historical sites and attend seminars with guest speakers. Students here are encouraged to embark on individual research projects. This school has a low total enrollment of only 376 students with a 15:1 student-teacher ratio.

2. Manhattan Bridges High School

New York, NY

Located in Hells Kitchen, this public high school ranks second within New York. 100% of students here take advantage of Advanced Placement course work and exams. The total enrollment here is just over 530 students with a 16:1 student-teacher ratio.

3. High School Math Science and Engineering at CCNY

New York, NY

The High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College is one of nine specialized high schools in New York City catering to highly gifted students from across the city. It is located within the campus of the City College of New York. 100% of students here participate in the Advanced Placement program and the school’s graduation rate is 98%. The total enrollment is 470 students with a 16:1 student-teacher ratio.

4. Staten Island Technical High School

Staten Island, New York

Staten Island Technical High School is ranked 4th within New York with a 99% graduation rate. The Advanced Placement participation rate here is 100% with an enrollment of 1,248 students and a 22:1 student-teacher ratio.

5. High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies

New York, NY

This Lower East Side high school places a strong emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math. The school strives to be proficient in both Chinese and English. The total enrollment here is 417 students with a 16:1 student-teacher ratio.

6. Townsend Harris High School

Flushing, New York

This Queens high school has a 100% graduation rate with a student body makeup of 71% females and 29% males. The total enrollment is just over 1,130 with a 22:1 student-teacher ratio.

7. Queens High School for the Sciences at York College

Jamaica, New York

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College is a New York City public high school that specializes in mathematics and science. The Advanced Placement participation rate here is 100% with a total enrollment of 426 students. This brings the student-teacher ratio to 18:1.

8. Bronx High School of Science

Bronx, New York

This Bronx high school has a total enrollment of just over 3,00 students with a 21:1 student-teacher ratio. Although it’s mainly known for its focus on mathematics and science, Bronx Science also emphasizes the humanities and social sciences and attracts students with a wide variety of interests.

9. New Explorations Into Science, Tech and Math High School

New York, New York

Known as the NEST+m, this school is the only public Gifted & Talented school in New York City in which students can move seamlessly from Kindergarten through 12th grade. The Upper (9-12th grade) does occupy its own space. The total enrollment here is just over 1,700 students with a 19:1 student-teacher ratio.

10. Brooklyn Technical High School

Brooklyn, NY

Located in Fort Greene, this Brooklyn high school is highly competitive with an acceptance rate around 8%. The total enrollment here is on the higher side with a total population of 5,451 students with a 22:1 student-teacher ratio. The graduation rate is 97%.