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:

  1. Oxford Academy, Anaheim Union High, Cypress
  2. Whitney High School, ABC Unified School District, Cerritos
  3. California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Long Beach Unified School District, Carson
  4. Riverside Stem Academy, Riverside Unified School District, Riverside
  5. Mission San Jose High, Fremont Unified School District, Fremont
  6. Preuss School UCSD, Preuss School UCSD District, La Jolla
  7. Lowell High School, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco
  8. Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, Los Angeles Unified School District, Wilmington
  9. University High School (Fresno), University High District, Fresno
  10. Pacific Collegiate Charter, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz
  11. Eunice Sato Academy of Math & Science, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach
  12. Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, Gilroy Unified School District, Gilroy
  13. Hawthorne Math and Science Academy, Hawthorne School District, Hawthorne
  14. Lynbrook High, Fremont Union High, San Jose
  15. University Preparatory Academy Charter, University Preparatory Academy Charter District, San Jose
  16. Monta Vista High School, Fremont Union High, Cupertino
  17. Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy, Lennox Mathematics Science and Technology Academy District, Lennox
  18. Western Center Academy, Hemet Unified School District, Hemet
  19. Canyon Crest Academy, San Dieguito Union High, San Diego
  20. 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.