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December 02, 2015

Philly's Central High ranked America's most diverse public high school

Two Philadelphia high schools earn spot in top 25

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120215_CentralHigh Contributed Art/Central High School

Central High School at 1700 West Olney Avenue.

The state of Pennsylvania may be mired in another lengthy budget crisis that has frozen resources for schools across the Commonwealth, but according to a website that provides insights into big life decisions, two of the country's finest educational examples reside in the Keystone State.

Philadelphia's Central High School was placed at the top of's rankings for the 2016 Most Diverse Public High Schools in America, a cultural assessment accounting for factors such as ethnic composition of the student body, proportion of students who receive free or reduced lunches and reviews by students and parents.

Central High was one of two Philadelphia schools to crack the top 25, joined by Science Leadership Academy, the magnet public high school launched in 2006 through a partnership with The Franklin Institute and Drexel University.

Separately, the Tredyffrin-Easttown School District in Chester County was named 2016's Best School District in America, a ranking that accounted for strength of academics, quality of teachers, school resources, quality of student life, and reviews from students and parents.

Also included in the top 25 of the best school districts are the Main Line's Radnor Township School District and Lower Merion School District.

Learn more about how Niche computes its rankings here.