8 High Schools of Excellence for Black Students

We’ve heard the saying time and time again, “Knowledge is power,” but it isn’t just a cheesy cliche. Your high school education and performance can determine your future career and opportunities in the long run. Seventeen-year-old Kwasi Enin is proof of that. In a rare and unprecedented show of determination, Enin, a student at William Floyd High School in Long Island, N.Y.,  applied to and was accepted by every Ivy League school. What’s more, he scored a 2250 out of a possible 2400 on his SATs. He serves as proof that the commitment to education truly pays off, making it all the more important that research and consideration go into a child’s high school education.

We’ve done some of the legwork for you, giving you eight of the top performing high schools for Black teens.


Mastery Charter School

Mastery Charter School, located in Philadelphia, educates over 9,600 students from kindergarten through 12th grade.  Last year’s graduating class collectively received approximately $14 million in college scholarships and 71 percent of the students meet or exceed state reading levels.

The school motto, “Excellence. No Excuses,” is illustrated by its unique curriculum dedicated to problem-solving skills and social-emotional tactics.

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