To make the rankings, U.S. News partnered with a global nonprofit social science research firm and looked at the following key principles:
A great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound
The school must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators
Pine View School in Sarasota County topped the list of Florida High Schools and placed 19th in the nation. The school was awarded a gold medal and had a 100% graduation rate and 100 for college readiness.
U.S. News cited a curriculum that mixes traditional classroom learning with independent study, mini-courses and upgraded classes as the reason for the high ranking. The school places a strong emphasis on parent involvement through volunteering and fundraising opportunities, open houses, and field trips.
The next high school in the Florida rankings in the Tampa Bay area is Plant High in Tampa at #29.
Robinson, Newsome, Steinbrenner, Palm Harbor University High, and Land O' Lakes High also crack the top 50 in the state.
To see the full list of rankings for Florida High Schools, click here.