2017 Best High School for Athletes Methodology

The 2017 Best High School for Athletes ranking is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents. Learn where our data comes from.

Factors Considered

Factor Description Source Weight
Parent/Student Surveys on Sports Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding sports at the school. Self-reported by Niche users 50.0%
Number of Sports Number of interscholastic sports offered at the school. Civil Rights Data Collection 20.0%
Boys Athletic Participation Measure of boys participating in an interscholastic sport. Civil Rights Data Collection 10.0%
Expenses per Student Total expenses divided by the total number of students. National Center for Education Statistics 10.0%
Girls Athletic Participation Measure of girls participating in an interscholastic sport. Civil Rights Data Collection 10.0%

This ranking assesses 12,814 U.S. public high schools. The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Sports 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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