2017 Best High Schools for STEM Methodology

The 2017 Best High Schools for STEM ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
SAT/ACT Math Score Average SAT/ACT math score (normalized to the same scale), as reported by Niche users from this school. Self-reported by Niche users 25.0%
Math Proficiency Percentage of students at or above math proficiency level on state assessments. For comparison across states, percentiles within each state were calculated, then compared. U.S. Department of Education 20.0%
STEM Majors Percentage of students interested in or studying a STEM-focused major, as reported by Niche users from this school. Self-reported by Niche users 15.0%
Top Colleges STEM Score Average score of colleges that students are most interested in or go on to attend, based on Niche Best for STEM Majors college rankings. Self-reported by Niche users 15.0%
Parent/Student Surveys on STEM Parent and student opinions about the quality of the STEM-related academics and resources at the school they currently or recently attend(ed). Self-reported by Niche users 10.0%
Advanced Math Enrollment Measure of students enrolled in at least one advanced math class, including analytic geometry, precalculus, calculus, statistics, and trigonometry. Civil Rights Data Collection 5.0%
AP Math Enrollment Measure of students enrolled in at least one AP math class. Civil Rights Data Collection 5.0%
AP Science Enrollment Measure of students enrolled in at least one AP science class. Civil Rights Data Collection 5.0%

This ranking assesses 15,310 U.S. public high schools. The same methodology is used to produce the Overall Niche Grade for each ranked school as well as additional schools. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the schools.

For more details about how we calculate our rankings, click here.