2018 Best High Schools for the Arts Methodology

The 2018 Best High Schools for the Arts 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 Arts Score Average score of colleges that students are most interested in or go on to attend, based on Niche Best for Arts Majors college rankings. Self-reported by Niche users 40.0%
Arts Majors Percentage of students interested in or studying an Arts-focused major, as reported by Niche users from this school. Self-reported by Niche users 15.0%
Parent/Student Surveys on Arts Parent and student opinions about the quality of the Arts-related academics and resources at the school they currently or recently attend(ed). Self-reported by Niche users 15.0%
Culture & Diversity Grade Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents. Niche 10.0%
Graduation Rate Percentage of 12th grade students who graduate. U.S. Department of Education 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 10.0%

 

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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