2015 Best High Schools infographic
The 2015 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings feature information on thousands of public schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Check out the 2015 Best High Schools infographic for an illustrated look at how the latest rankings played out.
The data show that it's incredibly difficult to achieve a gold, silver or bronze medal under the U.S. News methodology. Of the more than 19,000 eligible schools, only 6,517 were awarded medals, and just 7.7 percent of those received gold. Gold medal schools are those whose students demonstrate the highest level of college readiness.
For the fourth consecutive year, Texas' School for the Talented and Gifted retained its No. 1 spot in the national rankings. It also placed first among magnet schools. Texas had 59 of its eligible schools, or 3.5 percent, earn gold medals, but that wasn't enough to put it among the top 10 states. Maryland topped that list with 8.6 percent.