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Secrets of successful high schools

Watch how some high schools are integrating real-world learning experiences into the curriculum and getting surprising results.


10 practices of an exceptionally successful high school

North Star Academy Principal Michael Mann shares the strategies the school has created to ensure that 100% of their students are prepared for four-year college.


College Success Award winner: President William McKinley High School

Watch how this 2019 CSA-winning high school in Honolulu, HI encourages kids to explore their career dreams while also instilling the value of giving back to their community.

College Success Award winner: Veterans Memorial Early College High School

Watch how this CSA-winning high school in Brownsville, TX shows kids they care and supports students through the college application process.


College Success Award winner: North Star Academy Washington Park High School

Watch how this 2019 CSA-winning high school in Newark, NJ innovates for the good of the students and encourages kids to work hard to achieve their dreams.


Here's how to use GreatSchools' search tool

It's now easier than ever for parents to search and compare schools at a school, district and city level in each state using our new search tool. School profiles now include important information in addition to test scores. Here's how to use the GreatSchools search tool.


Understanding GreatSchools Ratings

Our school profiles now include important information in addition to test scores. Here's a look at what goes into your school's GreatSchools Summary Rating.


Emilia’s story

GreatSchools’ weekly grade-based newsletters empower parents to support their child’s academic and social-emotional learning. One reader shares the role the newsletters have played in her life.


College Success Award winner: Marshall High School

In this small, tight-knit Ozarks community, school leaders do whatever it takes to help kids get to college. Last year, they raised $1.8M in scholarships and financial aid for seniors.

College Success Award winner: Arabia Mountain High School

Excellence is the rule at this Title I school, where high expectations and environmental education prepare students for college and for life.


College Success Award: Denver School of Science and Technology Stapleton

High expectations, intensive college counseling, and teachers who go the extra mile make college success possible for all students — even if it takes extra time.


College Success Award winner: Young Women's Preparatory Academy

Intensive advanced classes starting in the sixth grade plus robust leadership experiences make this Miami-based magnet a shining example of a college-for-all culture.