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Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #10 Troy High School

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re checking out some of the top schools which made the list. We’re rounding out the top 10 in this week’s spotlight with #10 on the list: Troy High School in Fullerton, CA.

Quick Facts:

  • Grade Levels: 9-12
  • Total Enrollment: 2720
  • Students on STEM Premier?: YES

In terms of enrollment, Troy High School is the largest school in the top 10 of the U.S. News and World Report’s best STEM high schools. A comprehensive four-year high school and part of the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Troy High is located near California State University-Fullerton, offering unique educational opportunities for Troy’s students.

Troy High’s high ranking in the best STEM schools is due to its Troy Tech Specialized Secondary Magnet Program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Troy Tech is a nationally acclaimed magnet program established in 1986 and 61% of Troy High’s students participate.

The program offers an advanced curriculum in technology with career strands focusing on computer science, engineering, cyber defense, media, business, and leadership. Seniors also participate in a senior internship provides a year-long hands-on experience in business, industry, academia, and local, state and national government with students working under professional mentors. Troy Tech boasts a mentor database of over 1,000 professional mentors who work with students one-on-one!

We tip our cap to Troy High School, and congratulate them on their well-deserved recognition. Go Warriors!

Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #8 International Community School

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re checking out some of the top schools which made the list. This week’s spotlight takes us out to the Pacific Northwest for a closer look at #8: International Community School in Kirkland, Washington.

Quick Facts:

  • Grade Levels: 6-12
  • Total Enrollment: 427
  • Students on STEM Premier?: YES

With a foreign-born student body of nearly 20%, International Community School (ICS) definitely lives up to its name. ICS is a “choice school” in its district, meaning that any student throughout the district can apply for acceptance.

ICS’ mission is to provide a “classical education with global applications.” Particular emphasis is placed on depth of understanding and interconnected learning, with classroom discussion and group projects serving as primary drivers of the educational experience.

The school’s curriculum focuses on six core content areas: international studies, humanities, world languages, the arts, science, and math. Most courses beginning with grade 10 are either honors or advanced placement.

As its name would imply, ICS offers a robust foreign language program. Students are required to take a foreign language as one of their core courses for the entirety of their six-year matriculation. This typically results in strong proficiency by the time students graduate.

The faculty of ICS are the envy of schools across the country. They boast an average of 18 years teaching experience among them, and 90% of them hold advanced degrees. As if that is not impressive enough, 45% are bilingual and 40% have international teaching experience. All faculty are required to participate in continuing learning in specific content areas.

In addition to their #8 Best STEM High School ranking, ICS is a Blue Ribbon School and was ranked the #3 school in Washington by U.S. in 2015.

Congratulations ICS! Go Phoenixes!
    

Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #7 Raleigh Charter High School

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re taking a closer look at the schools which made the list. This week we’re headed to the Tar Heel State to take a look at #7: Raleigh Charter High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Quick Stats

  • Grade Levels: 9-12
  • Total Enrollment: 545
  • Students on STEM Premier?: YES

The story of Raleigh Charter High School’s establishment is quite unique, and a testament to strong parental investment in their children’s educations.

In the spring of 1998, the parents of 8th graders at Raleigh’s Magellan Charter School wanted their children to pursue the same innovative education into their high school career and to expand the same opportunity to even more area students. These parents organized with businesses, educational professionals, and college professors to establish RCHS and its affiliated non-profit.

On RCHS’s website, they describe the three key elements of their educational philosophy to be:

  1. A small community of learners allowing teachers to focus on teaching
  2. Very actively involved parents
  3. Hands-on, experiential learning

This seems to be a successful combination as - in addition to its #7 ranking among the best STEM high schools in the country - Raleigh Charter High School has been ranked as the #2 high school in North Carolina and the #37 best high school nationally by U.S. News.

 

Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #6 BASIS Tucson North

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re taking a closer look at the schools which made the list. In today’s post, let’s check out #6: BASIS Tucson North in Tucson, Arizona.

Quick Stats

  • Grade Levels: 5-12
  • Total Enrollment: 913
  • Students on STEM Premier?: YES

BASIS Tucson North is the second BASIS school in the top 10 best STEM high schools, joining its counterpart #4 BASIS Scottsdale. Operated by BASIS.ed, this international network of charter schools boasts sixteen institutions in the state of Arizona, where the organization originally found roots in 1998. Since then, BASIS has established locations in Texas as well as Washington D.C.

With a capacity of 1,000 students, BASIS Tucson North is the largest campus in the BASIS network, and like its sister schools, it is structured into lower and upper levels in which grades 5-8 develop organizational skills and core knowledge while grades 9-12 includes an intensive AP-required curriculum.

Not to be outdone by its impressive academic rigor, BASIS Tucson also boasts dozens of extracurricular activities tailored to meet the interests of the school’s diverse student body. Student activities include Chess Club, Dance Team, Mock Trial, and - our personal favorite - Women in STEM.

 

Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #5 Gretchen Whitney High School

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re taking a closer look at the schools which made the list, and today, we’re rounding out the top five best schools with #5: Gretchen Whitney High School in Cerritos, California.

Quick Stats

  • Grade Levels: 7-12
  • Total Enrollment: 1022
  • Students on STEM Premier: 3

Founded in 1976, Gretchen Whitney High School’s vision is to develop intrinsically motivated, collaborative learners who approach their education purposefully and creatively by taking ownership of their learning to become responsible, innovative global citizens. A part of the ABC Unified School District in California, admission to Whitney High School - a magnet school - is selective and is based on state and district assessments and class rank. Students are selected and invited to attend based on a composite of their performance on the California Standards Test and an ABC district writing assessment.

Given the high standards for admission, Whitney High School’s test scores and accolades are not surprising. In 2014, Whitney students combined for an average ACT composite score of 31, blowing away the state average of 22.

It was named by U.S. and World Report as the #1 high school in California, which is quite an accomplishment given the state’s sheer size and number of schools. U.S. News also deemed it as the #19 best high school in the country.

Go Wildcats!

 

Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #4 BASIS Scottsdale

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re taking a closer look at the schools which made the list. This week, we’d like to check out #4: BASIS Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Quick Stats

  • Grade Levels: K-12
  • Total Enrollment: 756
  • Students on STEM Premier: 3

Boasting a 100% AP participation rate, BASIS Scottsdale is part of a cluster of charter schools operated by BASIS.ed, an international educational network. These schools operate based on the highest international standards, and BASIS Scottsdale is no exception.

BASIS Scottsdale serves as a comprehensive school, teaching all grade levels from K-12. The school is organized into two entities. In the Lower School, students are provided with a strong educational foundation which prepares them for the rigorous AP curriculum of the Upper School. While the school excels in teaching the STEM disciplines, it features a robust humanities curriculum as well.

Students are challenged early on in their educational career. Latin is introduced to students in grade 5, and students as young as grade 8 can begin taking AP courses. BASIS Scottsdale students can be expected to take at least eight AP classes by the end of grade 11.

Aside from its prestigious ranking as the #4 STEM high school in the U.S., BASIS Scottsdale is also recognized by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 high school in Arizona, and the #2 high school in the entire county.

Best STEM High Schools Spotlight: #3 Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology

In April, we talked about U.S. News and World Report’s recently released list of the best STEM high schools in the country.

We’re taking a closer look at the schools which made the list. We’ve already highlighted the #1 and #2 schools. Now we’re taking a closer look at #3; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology located in Alexandria, Virginia.

Quick Stats

  • Grade Levels: 9-12
  • Total Enrollment: 1843
  • Student-Teacher Ratio: 17:1
  • Students on STEM Premier: 12

Established in 1985, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology’s mission is to provide a challenging curriculum focused primarily in the STEM disciplines while inspiring joy and fostering innovation amongst its students. TJHSST operates on a model which has become popular in the past decade, in which educational institutions partner with local businesses to enhance the student learning experience. The stakeholders of TJHSST have taken this model a step further and instituted the Jefferson Partnership Fund, a non-profit foundation which seeks to financially support the mission of the school.  

Thomas Jefferson High School also checked in as the #1 public school in the state of Virginia, and at #5 on the U.S. News and World Report list of best public high schools in the country.  

We would like to extend a sincere congratulations to the students, staff, and teachers of Thomas Jefferson for their incredible achievements.

Go Colonials!