About the awards
- Top Performing
A Top-Performing School means that the school's average test scores in reading, math and science are among the highest in the state.
- Closing the Achievement Gap
A Top-Performing Low Income School means that the school's average test scores in reading, math and science are among the highest when compared with other schools with a large number of economically disadvantaged students.
- Most Improved
A Most Improved School shows the greatest improvement in test scores when comparing scores from the most recent year available to the year before.
What makes a school great
- View from the top Bill Jackson, GreatSchools Founder and President, discusses the role parents play in making great schools
- Talk about it What do you think makes a "top" school? Share your opinion in our parent community!
- Field trip Visit BusinessWeek.com to learn more about some of the schools on our list