While public high schools have been called “penitentiaries of boredom” and are believed by some to be failing, there are plenty of public schools that have found innovative ways of delivering education.
Below we have compiled a list of 12 inventive and engaging schools that provide students with more than just a typical education. The list is a mix of charters, magnets and traditional public high schools. These are institutions that prove you don't need to shell out thousands of dollars for a private education.
Do you know an interesting public school that we left off the list? Let us know in the comments section.
CORRECTION: This article has been corrected to note that the Florida Virtual School served 206,000 students during the 2012-2013 school year. An earlier version said it served 410,000 students.