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Top High Schools in America - 2009

High schools in each state that represent the qualities of a great school
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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
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