Using data from the College Board, the Arizona Department of Education has ranked the state’s 50 top high schools by their average SAT scores, with two Tucson schools among the top three and another falling just outside the top 10.

State officials compiled the ranking as a project for the Phoenix Business Journal adding the average scores from each of the three test subjects on the SAT test.

In the case of Tucson’s highest ranking school, BASIS Tucson, 39 students took the SAT, scoring an average of 650 on the critical reading test, 685 on the math test and 631 on reading for a combined average score of 1966.

Molly Edwards, public information officer, didn’t elaborate further on the scores, noting that the College Board is responsible for it.

Tucson Unified School District’s University High School was ranked No. 3, making it the highest ranking public high school in the state and the only one in the top 10. University High is a college prepatory high school housed on the campus of Rincon High School and although it’s a public high school, students must go through an admissions process that includes passing a test. Generally, it only accepts the top 3 percent of students in TUSD.

As a result, Catalina Foothills High School, which is in its own district and ranked No. 11 on the list, was the highest-ranking public high school in the state without a limited admissions process.

High school rankings by SAT scores:

1. BASIS Scottsdale, 2038 *

2. BASIS Tucson, 1966 *

3. University High School, Tucson, 1896

4. Scottsdale Preparatory Academy, 1856 *

5. Gilbert Classical Academy, 1832 *

6. Tempe Preparatory Academy, 1817 *

7. Mesa Preparatory Academy, 1809 *

8. Veritas Preparatory Academy, Phoenix, 1806 *

9. Arizona School for the Arts, Phoenix, 1805 *

10. Glendale Preparatory Academy, 1759 *

11. Catalina Foothills High School, Tucson, 1697

12. Northland Preparatory Academy, Flagstaff, 1690 *

13. New School for the Arts and Academics, Tempe, 1677 *

14. Horizon Community Learning Center (Phoenix), 1675 *

15. Chaparral High School, Scottsdale, 1668

16: Heritage Academy, Mesa, 1665 *

17: Vail High School, 1660

18: Sonoran Science Academy, Phoenix, 1659 *

19: Foothills Academy, Scottsdale, 1647 **

20(tie). Desert Mountain High School, Scottsdale, 1646

Ironwood High School, Glendale, 1646

James Madison Preparatory School, Tempe, 1646 *

23(tie). Mountain View High School, Mesa, 1638

Prescott High School, 1638

25. Payson High School, 1635

26. Desert Vista High School, Ahwatukee, 1633

27. Cactus Shadows High School, Cave Creek, 1632

28. University High School, Tolleson, 1629

29. Barry Goldwater High School, Phoenix, 1628

30. North Canyon High School, Phoenix, 1622

31. Hamilton High School, Chandler, 1621

32. Corona Del Sol High School, Tempe, 1620

33. Arizona Virtual Academy, Phoenix, 1619 *

34. Tri-City College Prep High School, Prescott, 1618 *

35. Empire High School, Vail, 1617

36(tie). Flagstaff High School, 1613

Ironwood Ridge High School, Oro Valley, 1613

Casa Verde High School, Casa Grande, 1613

39(tie). Highland High School, Gilbert, 1610

Chandler High School, 1610

Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center, Phoenix, 1610 *

42. Liberty High School, Peoria, 1605

43. Academy of Tucson, 1604 *

44. Horizon High School, Scottsdale, 1601

45. Gilbert High School, 1600

46. Wickenburg High School, 1599

47. Coconino High School, Flagstaff, 1590

48. Kingman Academy of Learning High School, 1589 *

49. Mesquite High School, Gilbert, 1587

50. Shadow Mountain High School, Phoenix, 1586

* Charter schools.

** Private schools.