20 Best Public High Schools in Pennsylvania


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There are 1,501 high schools in Pennsylvania, made up of 952 public schools and 549 private schools. Pennsylvania ranks as the 6th state in terms of student enrollment and 6th in terms of total number of schools. It ranks 23rd for the student/teacher ratio.

These are the top 20 best public high schools in Pennsylvania that offer the best opportunities for students.

20. New Hope-Solebury High School, New Hope, PA

New Hope-Solebury High School is a public school in New Hope, Pennsylvania. It has 494 students in grades 9-12. This school gives a nice small campus feeling. It also has a reasonable amount of honors and AP courses to choose from. Overall the teachers are dedicated and passionate about their classes. Most are flexible and understanding of their students’ lives outside of the classroom.

They are always looking out for the students’ best interests, and they go above and beyond to see that every student is successful.

Although the AP teachers tend to be more knowledgeable, teachers of academic and honors classes also have a deep understanding of the material that they teach. The AP classes offered are not abundant, but are varied enough to interest most hard working students.

As many know, AP courses are demanding and therefore if one takes several, the workload may consequently be unmanageable and overwhelming.

The extracurricular programs at this school are exceptionally good. There are a variety of sports programs that take place year round. There are plenty of clubs, such as key club, tech club and international club. It is easy to get involved. There is something for every students interest.

Most students participate in an array of sports: football, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, golf, wrestling, volleyball, basketball, track and field, field hockey, softball. Coaches love to coach their sports and the parents are very involved with enthusiastic school spirit.

School spirit, health, and physical activity are all very important things at New Hope-Solebury High School. All three relate to the athletic scene whether it’s a game, physical education, or just working out after school. Health education is a required class, which allows students to learn everything there is to know about the body.

  • New Hope-Solebury High School graduation rate is 95.0%. National average is 82.2%.
  • 87.0% students of New Hope-Solebury High School scored at or above proficiency levels on their state math assessment test.
  • 95.0% students of New Hope-Solebury High School scored at or above proficiency levels on their state reading/language arts assessment test.


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