These are California’s best public high schools, according to US News & World Report
US News & World Report has released annual rankings of the best public high schools in the country. The 2021 list is based on data from the 2018-2019 academic year, so it was not impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The publication examined 24,000 schools overall.
US News & World Report considered six factors:
- College readiness (30%)
- Reading and math proficiency (20%)
- Reading and math performance (20%)
- Underserved student performance (10%)
- College curriculum breadth (10%)
- Graduation rates (10%)
Nationally, the top three were Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia; Academic Magnet High School in North Charleston, South Carolina; and The Davidson Academy of Nevada in Reno, Nevada.
These were the top 20 public high schools in California:
- Oxford Academy, Anaheim Union High, Cypress
- Whitney High School, ABC Unified School District, Cerritos
- California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Long Beach Unified School District, Carson
- Riverside Stem Academy, Riverside Unified School District, Riverside
- Mission San Jose High, Fremont Unified School District, Fremont
- Preuss School UCSD, Preuss School UCSD District, La Jolla
- Lowell High School, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco
- Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, Los Angeles Unified School District, Wilmington
- University High School (Fresno), University High District, Fresno
- Pacific Collegiate Charter, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz
- Eunice Sato Academy of Math & Science, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach
- Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, Gilroy Unified School District, Gilroy
- Hawthorne Math and Science Academy, Hawthorne School District, Hawthorne
- Lynbrook High, Fremont Union High, San Jose
- University Preparatory Academy Charter, University Preparatory Academy Charter District, San Jose
- Monta Vista High School, Fremont Union High, Cupertino
- Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy, Lennox Mathematics Science and Technology Academy District, Lennox
- Western Center Academy, Hemet Unified School District, Hemet
- Canyon Crest Academy, San Dieguito Union High, San Diego
- Saratoga High, Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High, Saratoga
See more rankings and methodology here.
List and data were compiled by US News & World report and do not reflect data on all schools.