Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

One of California's top high schools is in Fresno, latest ranking shows

Payton College Prep Students outside Walter Payton College Prep High School. | Sun Times file
| 10 May, 2018, 14:27

The annual rankings, released Wednesday, are primarily based on test scores, graduation rates and student demographics.

High schools were ranked on the several criteria including better than expected overall student performance on state-required assessments, better than average disadvantaged student performance on state-required assessments, the school's overall graduate rate met or exceeded the national high school graduate rate and on how well the school prepares students for college, according to the magazine. Other locally ranked high schools include Homewood at No. 3; Oak Mountain at No. 5, Vestavia Hills at No. 6; Spain Park at No. 14; and Hoover at No. 26. The top states with more than 25 percent of their public high schools receiving gold or silver medals were MA and California.

"We are very proud to be nationally recognized as a high-achieving school by U.S. News", Principal Mark Wells said. "It speaks to the hard work of every staff member, student, family member and community member who has helped make these schools successful".

Making Waves Academy at 4123 Lakeside Dr. earned a silver medal, ranking 335th best in California.

Top-performing high schools receive gold, silver and bronze medal recognition, with gold indicating the greatest level of college readiness.


This school in Media is part of the Rosetree Media School District.

The new rankings show some schools slipping within Utah, relative to the rest of the nation.

Four Poway Unified School District campuses also made the publisher's top 1,000 high schools in the country, including Del Norte High, Westview High, Mt. Carmel High and Rancho Bernardo High.

"The data shows that when high schools utilize these courses student achievement follows. The student body makeup is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 12 percent". According to the data presented by U.S. News & World Report, 65 percent of Murray's students pass Advanced Placement (AP) testing, and the school has a 70 percent math proficiency (10th in Kentucky) and 70 percent reading proficiency.

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