2018 Best High Schools for STEM Methodology

The 2018 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
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 30.0%
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 10.0%
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%
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 10.0%
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 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 2.5%
AP Math Enrollment Measure of students enrolled in at least one AP math class. Civil Rights Data Collection 2.5%
AP Science Enrollment Measure of students enrolled in at least one AP science class. Civil Rights Data Collection 2.5%

 

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. Niche also collects data directly from schools via our school data update form. If you work for a school and would like to update your data, please claim your school.

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