The 2017 Best Online High Schools 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.
|State Assessment Proficiency||Percentage of students at or above proficiency levels on state assessments. For comparison across states, percentiles within each state were calculated, then compared.||U.S. Department of Education||25.0%|
|Composite SAT/ACT Score||Average SAT/ACT composite score (normalized to the same scale), as reported by Niche users from this school.||Self-reported by Niche users||15.0%|
|Top Colleges Score||Average score of colleges that students are most interested in or go on to attend, based on Niche Best Colleges ranking.||Self-reported by Niche users||15.0%|
|Graduation Rate||Percentage of 12th grade students who graduate.||U.S. Department of Education||10.0%|
|Parent/Student Surveys on Academics||Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the academics at the school.||Self-reported by Niche users||10.0%|
|AP Enrollment||Percentage of students enrolled in at least one AP course.||Civil Rights Data Collection||7.5%|
|AP Test Pass Rate||Percentage of AP students who pass at least one AP exam.||Civil Rights Data Collection||7.5%|
|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%|
|Student-Teacher Ratio||Ratio of students to full-time teachers. Please note: Student-teacher ratio is not a representation of average class size.||National Center for Education Statistics||5.0%|
This ranking assesses 122 U.S. public online 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.
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