US News has put out a ranking of the top 100 public high schools in the US for 2011. Conveniently they let you see the schools with high Asian American percentages. 4 of the top 5, and 6 of the top 10 schools have high Asian American attendance (>20%). 40 schools with a high Asian population are on the list. Only 2 are ranked 90 or lower. Well no surprise there. Tim at 8asians also points out that 10 of those 100 schools are in San Francisco. I counted at least 21 in NYC metro area. Not all of those schools are Asian dominated of course, but a significant fraction of them are.
So 30% or more of the top 100 schools are located where about 8% of the population live. I would hazard a guess that the property values of the surrounding areas are astronomically high unless the schools have testing requirements to get in.
Alabama has one school on the list – Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery. Strangely, I’ve never heard of it or seen it in previous lists that I can remember. It has 14% Asian population, which is the highest percentage of Asians in any Alabama school I’ve seen. Blacks are 28% of the population there.
Only one school with a significant black population makes it to the top 5 or top 10. Blacks have 17 schools on the list and 5 are ranked 90 or lower.
Only one school with a significant Hispanic population makes it to the top 5, and 3 make the top 10. Hispanics have 30 schools on the list and 4 are ranked 90 or lower. Interestingly, the school that makes the top 5 for Hispanics is the same one that makes it for blacks. It’s located in Dallas.