A Basis Tucson charter school is ranked second highest in the nation and its Scottsdale campus is ranked fifth, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The charter school chain’s midtown Tucson campus at 3825 E. Second St. was also listed as Arizona’s best public school in the magazine’s state-by-state ranking.

“A good high school education is vital to preparing a student for moving on to college or to entering the workforce,” Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report, said in a news release. “The new 2013 Best High Schools rankings will help both students and parents wade through the increasing public school options available.”

U.S. News worked with Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research to develop the ranking methodology based on things like state proficiency standards, how well the schools prepare students for college-level course work and Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests.

Tucson Unified School District’s University High School was ranked No. 4 in the state and 29th in the nation.

Both schools have a long history of scoring high in the annual ranking.

See the national ranking here and the state-by-state listing here.

Senior Editor, News, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Az.