WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: An installation of 857 empty school desks, representing the number of students nationwide who are dropping out every hour of every school day, is on display at the National Mall June 20, 2012 in Washington, DC. The installation was presented by not-for-profit organization College Board to call upon presidential candidates who are running for the White House to make education a more prominent issue in the 2012 campaigns and put the nation’s schools back on track. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Written by Nicole Weaver of WNKS

For some, high school years are the best years of their life while for others, those four years are merely just a stepping stone to get through in order to get to the other side. For some, that other side after high school is college and some institutions have a higher rate of post-grad success than others.

U.S. News reviewed nearly 24,000 public high schools across the country and ranked the best in each state using factors such as college readiness, college curriculum breadth, math and reading proficiency, graduation rate, etc. According to the report they did, North Carolina has 654 high schools across 183 districts, with 30,793 full-time teachers and over 500,000 students enrolled.

The top 25 are…

  1. The Early College at Guilford, in Greensboro
  2. Raleigh Charter High School, in Raleigh
  3. STEM Early College at N.C. A&T, in Greensboro
  4. Woods Charter, in Chapel Hill
  5. Philip J. Weaver Ed Center, in Greensboro
  6. Wake NCSU STEM Early College High School, in Raleigh
  7. Thomas Jefferson Class Academy, in Mooresboro
  8. Highland School of Technology, in Gastonia
  9. Penn-Griffin Schools, in High Point
  10. East Chapel Hill High, in Chapel Hill
  11. Lake Norman Charter, Huntersville
  12. Central Academy of Technology and Arts, in Monroe
  13. Marvin Ridge High, in Waxhaw
  14. Panther Creek High, in Cary
  15. Ardrey Kell High, in Charlotte
  16. Weddington High, in Matthews
  17. Pine Lake Preparatory, in Mooresville
  18. Providence High, in Charlotte
  19. Chapel Hill High, in Chapel Hill
  20. The Hawbridge School, in Saxapahaw
  21. Discovery High School, in Newton
  22. Green Hope High, in Cary
  23. Henderson Collegiate, in Henderson
  24. Gray Stone Day, in Misenheimer
  25. School of Inquiry and Life Sciences, in Asheville

Growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina I graduated from Wakefield High School so I was super curious to see how my high school did in this report. Before looking at the report, I would rate my time there pretty high in regards to academics. I remember having great teachers, great staff, and feeling really prepared when I went to college.

I spent my freshman year of college and UNC Charlotte and then transferred/graduated from NC State. After looking at the report, my high school ranked 162nd within North Carolina and #5,821 in the national rankings – with an overall score of 67.4 out of 100. Woah!


Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige