Two Tucson schools are in the top 10 best public schools in the nation, according to a U.S. News and World Report's ranking.

Basis Tucson ranked fifth, and University High School jumped from the 29th place last year to the seventh this year.

Basis ranked second in the 2013 report.

UHS Principal Dean Packard called the ranking a great achievement.

“We’re very excited to be in the top ten once again," Packard said. "It’s such a wonderful acknowledgement for the efforts that students put in every day. And the efforts that faculty put in as well as our staff, and the community as a whole.”

Packard said the school is focusing on making college attainable for all its students.

“While we get students into many schools, oftentimes they can’t afford to go to those schools," he said. "So we really want to ramp up our work to make sure not only that they have the opportunity, but they also have the ability to financially.”

Arizona is the only state to boast three schools in the top 10. Basis Scottsdale placed second.