North Carolina has a lot going for it. From the best basketball athlete of all time Michael Jordan to now the best public high school.

The U.S. News & World has released its report of the top public high schools and The Early College at Guilford in Greensboro takes the top spot in the country. The Early College got a perfect score — 100 out of 100. The publication reviewed almost 25,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Of those, 563 North Carolina schools made the list.

The rankings only include public high schools. It looked at a number of metrics including graduation rate, college preparedness, opportunity for Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and state testing courses.


There are some requirements for students to successfully complete public high school in North Carolina. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, high school students must:

  • take end-of-course assessments in English, math and science
  • have 22 credits in various subjects. Students do not need to take foreign language courses to graduate
  • take a minimum of two language credits to be admitted into any of the schools within the University of North Carolina system

While the Early College at Guilford took the #1 spot for Best Public High School in the country, there were a number of other public high schools in North Carolina that ranked well in the Tar Heel State. See them below.

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