Whether you have a full household or plan to start child-rearing in a few years, school district quality is among the top concerns of potential home buyers. And for good reason! Trulia reports that ‘35% of American parents with children under 18 want to live near a great school district.’ Not only does living near a quality school district improve the education your little one will receive, it also affects your home’s resale value! Zillow recommends home buyers ‘think like a seller’ immediately before moving forward on a home. Real estate never comes with guarantees, but ‘it’s certain that parents will always want the best school they can afford for their kids.’  

So, how do St Louis’ public schools shake out? Read on for “St. Louis’ Top 5 Public High Schools” as ranked by The US News & World Report.

First published in November 2007, US News & World Report’s annual ranking of the Best US High Schools is considered the authority on national high school rankings by many.  Organizers use four factors when assessing school district performance: Common Core standards, AP test data, statewide proficiency test results, and graduation rates.


1 – Metro Academic & Classical High School; Magnet School
(4015 Mcpherson Ave, St Louis, Missouri 63108)

It may shock you that Missouri’s #1 public school district is located near the downtown area, but once you consider Metro Academic & Classical High School’s impressive test results you can clearly see why. 75% of their student body tested proficient and/or advanced in Mathematics last year, with 93% testing in proficient and/or advance in English. They’ve got everything from French Club to Poetry Slam Club, and boast a sky-high 96% graduation rate. Click here for more info about Metro Academic & Classical High School.



2 – Ladue Horton Watkins High School; Ladue School District
(1201 S. Warson Rd, St Louis, Missouri 63124)

Ringing in at second in both St. Louis and the state as a whole, Ladue Horton Watkins High School. The Ladue Rams are committed to developing the full potential of each student by providing exceptional learning experiences, including differentiated instruction and hands-on education. What’s more, nearly 70% of their student body participated in AP/College Credit programs last year.  Click here to visit their website!



3 – Clayton High School; Clayton School District
(#1 Mark Twain Circle, Clayton, Missouri 63105)

Ranking third we have Clayton High School, setting itself apart with just 11 students per teacher employed. With this ability for one-on-one instruction, it’s no wonder that Clayton High School has excelled. 84% of their student body tested proficient and/or advanced in Mathematics last year, with 86% testing in proficient and/or advance in English. The Clayton Greyhounds focus on providing a well-rounded curriculum, including course offerings in Career & Technical Education, AP/College Credit, Music & Fine Arts, Bio-science, and more. Learn more about Clayton High School here!



4 – Lafayette Senior High School; Rockwood School District
(17050 Clayton Rd, Wildwood, Missouri 63011)

Lafayette Senior High School, located in the beautiful suburb of Wildwood, offers a full docket of athletic programs including water polo, lacrosse, golf, tennis, and more. The Lafayette Lancers also value college preparedness, with nearly 60% of their student body participating in AP/college-level courses. Of these students, 91% passed with flying colors! Click here for more information about Lafayette High School.



5 – Kirkwood Senior High School
; Kirkwood R-7 School District
(801 W Essex Ave, Kirkwood, Missouri 63122)

Rounding out the top five we have no stranger to the top of the list, Kirkwood Senior High School. With a long-running football tradition that dates back over a hundred years and a 97% graduation rate, Kirkwood has regularly ranked among the top high schools the state. They also boast a 16:1 student to teacher ratio! Click here to visit Kirkwood High School’s Website.


And that’s it, friends!


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