Best public high schools in Oklahoma

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April 21, 2023
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Best public high schools in Oklahoma

As filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron said during a '96 commencement address at Wellesley College, "Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead." If that's the case, high school may be one of the greatest dress rehearsals of all.

It's a place where students explore their interests, dive into extracurricular activities, finally get the freedom to choose their own classes, and prepare for college or the workplace. For many of these students and their families, public education is key: 49.5 million students enrolled in public PreK-12 schools in 2021, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Of those, about a third were in high school, enrolled across about 23,500 public secondary schools nationwide.

For many anxious parents, getting their kids into the best of these public high schools is of the utmost importance. Some families even move homes to get into better school districts. However, among all of these thousands of schools, a few stand out for their academic excellence, incredible track records, and the future success of their young students.

Stacker compiled a list of the 30 best public high schools in Oklahoma using 2023 rankings from Niche. Niche uses eight weighted factors for its rankings. A majority of the score is based on academics and grades, but other factors include culture and diversity, health and safety, clubs and activities, resources, and surveys of parents, teachers and students. School districts are provided when available; otherwise, the city is listed instead.

Editor's note: The original article had inaccuracies when multiple schools in Oklahoma had the same name. In most of these instances, the wrong data was displayed in the ranking. Stacker sincerely apologizes for the errors.

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#30. Thomas Edison Preparatory High School

- District: Tulsa Public Schools
- Enrollment: 1,138 (20:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#29. Davenport High School

- District: Davenport Public Schools
- Enrollment: 109 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#28. Calumet High School

- District: Calumet Public Schools
- Enrollment: 92 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#27. Caddo High School

- District: Caddo Public Schools
- Enrollment: 134 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#26. Weatherford High School

- District: Weatherford Public Schools
- Enrollment: 558 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#25. Beaver High School

- District: Beaver Public Schools
- Enrollment: 84 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#24. Fairland High School

- District: Fairland Public Schools
- Enrollment: 171 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#23. Garber High School

- District: Garber Public Schools
- Enrollment: 112 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#22. Claremore High School

- District: Claremore Public Schools
- Enrollment: 1,182 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#21. Plainview High School

- District: Plainview Public Schools
- Enrollment: 404 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#20. Deer Creek High School

- District: Deer Creek Public Schools
- Enrollment: 1,778 (21:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#19. Harding Fine Arts Academy

- City: Oklahoma City
- Enrollment: 337 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#18. Union High School

- District: Union Public Schools
- Enrollment: 3,304 (21:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#17. Bixby High School

- District: Bixby Public Schools
- Enrollment: 1,854 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A-

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#16. Bethany High School

- District: Bethany Public Schools
- Enrollment: 534 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

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#15. Owasso High School

- District: Owasso Public Schools
- Enrollment: 2,828 (20:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

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#14. Ada High School

- District: Ada City Schools
- Enrollment: 498 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

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#13. Norman North High School

- District: Norman Public Schools
- Enrollment: 2,099 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

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#12. Westmoore High School

- District: Moore Public Schools
- Enrollment: 2,479 (19:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

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#11. Norman High School

- District: Norman Public Schools
- Enrollment: 1,973 (19:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

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#10. Stillwater High School

- District: Stillwater Public Schools
- Enrollment: 1,254 (19:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

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#9. Santa Fe High School

- District: Edmond Public Schools
- Enrollment: 2,448 (20:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

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#8. North High School

- District: Edmond Public Schools
- Enrollment: 2,416 (19:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

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#7. Jenks High School

- District: Jenks Public Schools
- Enrollment: 3,485 (19:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A

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#6. Memorial High School

- District: Edmond Public Schools
- Enrollment: 2,301 (19:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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#5. Union Ninth Grade Center

- District: Union Public Schools
- Enrollment: 1,196 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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#4. Classen School of Advanced Studies

- District: Oklahoma City Public Schools
- Enrollment: 685 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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#3. Harding Charter Preparatory High School

- City: Oklahoma City
- Enrollment: 524 (18:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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#2. Booker T. Washington High School

- District: Tulsa Public Schools
- Enrollment: 1,327 (21:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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#1. Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

- City: Oklahoma City
- Enrollment: 150 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)
- Niche grade: A+

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