Top 10 Best Pennsylvania Public Schools (2024)

Pennsylvania is the #8 largest school system in the United States, serving 1,670,866 students across the 2,941 public schools for the 2024 school year (there are 2,215 private schools, serving 276,164 students). 86% of all K-12 students in Pennsylvania are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
The percentage of students achieving math proficiency in Pennsylvania is 37%. The percentage of students achieving reading proficiency is 55%.
The top ranked public schools in Pennsylvania are Masterman Julia R Sec School, Pine-richland High School and Fairview Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Minority enrollment is 38% (majority Black and Hispanic) and the student:teacher ratio is 14:1.

Student by Ethnicity

(PA) School Average
Asian
4%
Hispanic
14%
Black
14%
White
63%
Two or more races
5%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in PA.

Top Ranked Public Schools in Pennsylvania (2024)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Student Proficiency
Grades
Location
Rank: #11.
Masterman Julia R Sec School
Magnet School
Math: 95% | Reading: ≥95%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 95% (Top 1%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: 5-12
1699 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 400-7580
Rank: #22.
Pine-richland High School
Math: 92% | Reading: 93%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 92% (Top 1%)
Reading: 93% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
700 Warrendale Rd
Gibsonia, PA 15044
(724) 625-4444
Rank: #33.
Fairview Elementary School
Math: 90-94% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
738 Dorseyville Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
(412) 963-9315
Rank: #44.
Bower Hill Elementary School
Math: 85-89% | Reading: ≥95%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85-89% (Top 5%)
Reading: ≥95% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-3
424 Bower Hill Road
Venetia, PA 15367
(724) 941-0913
Rank: #55.
Bradford Woods Elementary School
Math: 88% | Reading: 92%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 88% (Top 1%)
Reading: 92% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
41 Forest Road
Bradfordwoods, PA 15015
(724) 935-5081
Rank: #6 - 76. - 7.
Eisenhower Elementary School
Math: 85-89% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85-89% (Top 5%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-4
100 Warwick Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
(412) 833-1600
Rank: #6 - 76. - 7.
Wexford Elementary School
Math: 85-89% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85-89% (Top 5%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-3
250 Brown Road
Wexford, PA 15090
(724) 935-4631
Rank: #88.
Fort Washington Elementary School
Math: 85-89% | Reading: 85-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 85-89% (Top 5%)
Reading: 85-89% (Top 5%)
Grades: K-5
Highland & Fort Washington Ave
Fort Washington, PA 19034
(215) 643-8961
Rank: #99.
Mars Area Sr. High School
Math: 82% | Reading: 93%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 82% (Top 5%)
Reading: 93% (Top 1%)
Grades: 9-12
520 Route 228
Mars, PA 16046
(724) 625-1581
Rank: #10 - 1510. - 15.
Franklin Elementary School
Math: 80-84% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 1%
Math: 80-84% (Top 5%)
Reading: 90-94% (Top 1%)
Grades: K-5
2401 Rochester Rd
Sewickley, PA 15143
(412) 366-9663

Best Pennsylvania Public Schools by County (2024)

County
# Schools
# Students
% Minority
25
12,697
21%
270
137,896
37%
47
30,481
24%
93
62,299
49%
32
16,626
10%
123
83,597
28%
38
23,717
8%
38
16,846
17%
18
8,366
17%
34
14,283
14%
107
86,496
36%
22
8,987
12%
25
9,301
10%
71
59,753
50%
115
79,312
51%
10
3,195
5%
69
35,965
29%
40
17,103
13%
38
19,133
26%
13
4,469
4%
115
64,626
36%
28
12,753
16%
35
19,527
36%
73
50,682
58%
63
39,249
42%
32
14,845
19%
14
5,646
5%
38
13,476
18%
29
21,449
51%
156
115,300
40%
15
5,709
9%
305
180,891
86%
14
8,821
29%
10
1,882
4%
14
5,098
5%
10
3,917
16%
11
4,237
5%
12
4,540
12%
109
64,664
31%

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top ranked public schools in Pennsylvania?
The top ranked public schools in Pennsylvania include Masterman Julia R Sec School, Pine-richland High School and Fairview Elementary School.
How many public schools are located in Pennsylvania?
2,941 public schools are located in Pennsylvania.
What percentage of students in Pennsylvania go to public school?
86% of all K-12 students in Pennsylvania are educated in public schools (compared to national average of 90%).
What is the racial composition of students in Pennsylvania?
Minority enrollment in Pennsylvania is 38% (majority Black and Hispanic)

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