U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday released its 2017 Best High Schools Rankings, which annually ranks public high schools in Florida and measures them against public high schools in the United States.

Of the 17 public high schools in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton school districts, Niceville High School received the highest ranking: 41st in the state and 524th nationally.

Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college.

Private schools were not included in the rankings because students are not required to take the statewide accountability tests that are mandatory for public high schools, according to the website (usnews.com/education/best-high-schools).

Seven Florida high schools are among the top 50 public high schools in the nation, according to a new ranking.

Niceville High School
42nd Statewide; 534th Nationally; 95% Graduation rate: 54.7 College Readiness Index

The rankings of other Okaloosa public high schools are listed below:

Baker School

Statewide: 178th Nationally: Recognized Graduation rate: 89 percent College readiness index: 20.5 out of 100

Choctawhatchee High School

Statewide: 63rd Nationally: 752nd Graduation rate: 90 percent College readiness index: 49.0

Collegiate High School

Statewide: Recognized Nationally: Recognized Graduation rate: 100 percent College readiness: NA

Crestview High School

Statewide: Unranked Nationally: Unranked Graduation rate: 83 percent College readiness index: 35.0

Fort Walton Beach High School

Statewide: 105th Nationally: 1,243rd Graduation rate: 91 percent College readiness index: 39.2

Category: General , Recognition