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These Are the Best Public High Schools in Massachusetts

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The rankings included data on more than 20,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

"Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students", Anita Narayan, U.S. News' managing editor of education, said in a statement.

Design and Architecture Senior High remains the second-best school in the state and seventh best among all US magnet schools. The top states with more than 25 percent of their public high schools receiving gold or silver medals were MA and California. "It speaks to the hard work of every staff member, student, family member and community member who has helped make these schools successful".

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Maeser was joined in the top 1,000 nationally by two other Utah schools. The top five schools all earned gold ratings. The school offers a variety of honors and Advanced Placement courses, including computer science, physics and foreign language.

The Palm Beach County School District said in a statement that Suncoast has made teaching financial literacy a priority. The AP® participation rate at Ridgefield High School is 70 percent.

U.S. News based the rankings on data from the 2015-16 school year.

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Massachusetts' schools are consistently named the country's best, but even within the state's strong spots of learning, some stand out as the crème de la crème, the shiniest of the shiny, the greatest of all.

The second step in the U.S. News methodology assessed whether a school's black, Hispanic and low-income students "performed at or better than the state average for historically [under-served] students".

"It's nice being a small school so that we can know them individually and what their needs are", Ellis said.

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