Two Irvine High Schools Make California's Top 100 List by US News & World Report

Friday, April 30, 2021

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Thousands of public California high schools have been ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the publication's latest analysis of upper school education in the United States, revealing the top schools across the state and beyond.

This year's Best High Schools list ranks more than 24,000 public high schools throughout the country.

Two Irvine Unified School District high schools are ranked in Calfornia's top 100: University High School at #57 (431 nationally), and Northwood High at #59 (435 nationally).

Top 100 California schools (and national ranking):

  1. (11 nationally) Oxford Academy, Anaheim Union High, Cypress
  2. (25 nationally) Whitney High School, ABC Unified School District, Cerritos
  3. (32 nationally) California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Long Beach Unified School District, Carson
  4. (62 nationally) Riverside Stem Academy, Riverside Unified School District, Riverside
  5. (71 nationally) Mission San Jose High, Fremont Unified School District, Fremont
  6. (76 nationally) Preuss School UCSD, Preuss School UCSD District, La Jolla
  7. (78 nationally) Lowell High School, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco
  8. (84 nationally) Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, Los Angeles Unified School District, Wilmington
  9. (86 nationally) University High School (Fresno), University High District, Fresno
  10. (95 nationally) Pacific Collegiate Charter, Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Santa Cruz
  11. (107 nationally) Eunice Sato Academy of Math & Science, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach
  12. (110 nationally) Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, Gilroy Unified School District, Gilroy
  13. (118 nationally) Hawthorne Math and Science Academy, Hawthorne School District, Hawthorne
  14. (131 nationally) Lynbrook High, Fremont Union High, San Jose
  15. (138 nationally) University Preparatory Academy Charter, University Preparatory Academy Charter District, San Jose
  16. (140 nationally) Monta Vista High School, Fremont Union High, Cupertino
  17. (148 nationally) Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy, Lennox Mathematics Science and Technology Academy District, Lennox
  18. (153 nationally) Western Center Academy, Hemet Unified School District, Hemet
  19. (161 nationally) Canyon Crest Academy, San Dieguito Union High, San Diego
  20. (166 nationally) Saratoga High, Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High, Saratoga
  21. (173 nationally) Henry M. Gunn High, Palo Alto Unified School District, Palo Alto
  22. (183 nationally) Campolindo High, Acalanes Union High, Moraga
  23. (185 nationally) Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, San Ramon
  24. (190 nationally) Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles
  25. (220 nationally) Troy High School, Fullerton Joint Union High, Fullerton
  26. (222 nationally) West Campus High School, Sacramento City Unified School District, Sacramento
  27. (225 nationally) La Canada High School, La Canada Unified School District, La Canada
  28. (226 nationally) Downtown Business High, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles
  29. (227 nationally) University Preparatory, Victor Valley Union High, Victorville
  30. (228 nationally) Del Norte High, Poway Unified School District, San Diego
  31. (242 nationally) Stockton Collegiate International Secondary, Stockton Collegiate International Secondary District, Stockton
  32. (244 nationally) Miramonte High, Acalanes Union High, Orinda
  33. (259 nationally) Redwood Academy of Ukiah, Redwood Academy of Ukiah District, Ukiah
  34. (260 nationally) Piedmont High School, Piedmont City Unified School District, Piedmont
  35. (263 nationally) Technology High, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District, Rohnert Park
  36. (27 nationally). Ernest S. Mcbride Sr. High, Long Beach Unified School District, Long Beach
  37. (272 nationally) Alliance Ted K. Tajima High School, Alliance Ted K. Tajima High District, Los Angeles
  38. (273 nationally) Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), OCSA District, Santa Ana
  39. (292 nationally) Cupertino High, Fremont Union High, Cupertino
  40. (309 nationally) Animo Leadership High, Animo Leadership High District, Inglewood
  41. (314 nationally) Stockton Unified Early College Academy, Stockton Unified School District, Stockton
  42. (325 nationally) Carmel High, Carmel Unified School District, Carmel
  43. (333 nationally) Palo Alto High School (Paly), Palo Alto Unified School District
  44. (335 nationally) Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles
  45. (337 nationally) KIPP San Jose Collegiate, KIPP San Jose Collegiate District, San Jose
  46. (339 nationally) San Marino High, San Marino Unified School District, San Marino
  47. (344 nationally) Granite Bay High, Roseville Joint Union High, Granite Bay
  48. (359 nationally) Alliance Gertz-Ressler Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex, Alliance Gertz-Ressler Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex District, Los Angeles
  49. (360 nationally) Palos Verdes Peninsula High, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, Rolling Hills Estates
  50. (377 nationally) KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory, KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory District, San Francisco
  51. (388 nationally) KIPP King Collegiate High, KIPP King Collegiate High District, San Lorenzo
  52. (391 nationally) La Quinta High, Garden Grove Unified School District, Westminster
  53. (393 nationally) Compton Early College High, Compton Unified School District
  54. (397 nationally) Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science, Alliance Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science District, Los Angeles
  55. (417 nationally) Diamond Bar High, Walnut Valley Unified School District, Diamond Bar
  56. (429 nationally) Westview High, Poway Unified School District, San Diego
  57. (431 nationally) University High School (Irvine), Irvine Unified School District, Irvine
  58. (434 nationally) South Pasadena Senior High, South Pasadena Unified School District, South Pasadena
  59. (435 nationally) Northwood High, Irvine Unified School District, Irvine
  60. (437 nationally) Los Altos High (Los Altos), Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, Los Altos
  61. (451 nationally) Foothill High, Pleasanton Unified School District, Pleasanton
  62. (460 nationally) Amador Valley High, Pleasanton Unified School District, Pleasanton
  63. (471 nationally) University Preparatory, University Preparatory District, Redding
  64. (475 nationally) Cerritos High, ABC Unified School District, Cerritos
  65. (478 nationally) Oakland Charter High, Oakland Charter High District, Oakland
  66. (483 nationally) Mountain View High, Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, Mountain View
  67. (493 nationally) Oak Park High, Oak Park Unified School District, Oak Park
  68. (499 nationally) Leland High School, San Jose Unified School District, San Jose
  69. (509 nationally) Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High, Alliance Judy IVie Burton Technology Academy High District, Los Angeles
  70. (510 nationally) Anderson W. Clark Magnet High, Glendale Unified School District, La Crescenta
  71. (511 nationally). American High, Fremont Unified School District, Fremont
  72. (512 nationally) Walnut High, Walnut Valley Unified School District, Walnut
  73. (513 nationally) Mark Keppel High, Alhambra Unified School District, Alhambra
  74. (529 nationally) Summit Shasta, Summit Public School: Shasta District, Daly City
  75. (547 nationally) Carlmont High, Sequoia Union High, Belmont
  76. (559 nationally) Mira Costa High, Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Manhattan Beach
  77. (564 nationally) Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy at Roos, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles
  78. (584 nationally) Homestead High, Fremont Union High, Cupertino
  79. (588 nationally) Evergreen Valley High, East Side Union High, San Jose
  80. (589 nationally) Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High, Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High District, Los Angeles
  81. (592 nationally) Irvington High, Fremont Unified School District, Fremont
  82. (600 nationally) Redwood High, Tamalpais Union High, Larkspur
  83. (617 nationally) Foothill Technology High, Ventura Unified School District, Ventura
  84. (618 nationally) Sage Creek High, Carlsbad Unified School District, Carlsbad
  85. (619 nationally) Mt. Everest Academy, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego
  86. (622 nationally) PUC Lakeview Charter High, PUC Lakeview Charter High District, Sylmar
  87. (624 nationally) Los Gatos High, Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High, Los Gatos
  88. (631 nationally) West Ranch High, William S. Hart Union High, Valencia
  89. (632 nationally) USC Hybrid High, Ednovate - Usc Hybrid High College Prep District, Los Angeles
  90. (637 nationally) Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, Western Sierra Collegiate Academy District, Rocklin
  91. (638 nationally) El Segundo High, El Segundo Unified School District, El Segundo
  92. (644 nationally) Scripps Ranch High, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego
  93. (665 nationally) Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles
  94. (676 nationally) Collegiate Charter High of Los Angeles, Collegiate Charter High of Los Angeles District, Los Angeles
  95. (682 nationally) River Valley Charter, River Valley Charter District, Lakeside
  96. (698 nationally) Leadership Public Schools: Richmond, Leadership Public Schools: Richmond District, Richmond
  97. (699 nationally) Acalanes High, Acalanes Union High, Lafayette
  98. (708 nationally) Santa Monica High, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Santa Monica
  99. (725 nationally) Harmony Magnet Academy, Porterville Unified School District, Strathmore
  100. (742 nationally) Glen A. Wilson High, Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, Hacienda Heights

The purpose of the rankings is to provide insight into academic performance among underserved groups, showing how well schools are supporting these students, Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News, said in a news release.

Families can also use the rankings to see how schools compare at the national, state and local level on factors such as graduation rates and college readiness, Narayan said.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia, was ranked No. 1 in the nation, as well as among magnet schools.

Top 10 schools in this year's national Best High Schools ranking:

  1. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology - Alexandria, Virginia
  2. Academic Magnet High School - North Charleston, South Carolina
  3. The Davidson Academy of Nevada - Reno, Nevada
  4. Payton College Preparatory High School - Chicago, Illinois
  5. School for Advanced Studies - Miami, Florida
  6. Sumner Academy of Arts and Science - Kansas City, Kansas
  7. Merrol Hyde Magnet School - Hendersonville, Tennessee
  8. BASIS Chandler - Chandler, Arizona
  9. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology - Lawrenceville, Georgia
  10. Signature School - Evansville, Indiana

The methodology used for this year's ranking focused on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates.

The data used in this edition is from the 2018-2019 academic school year and, therefore, was not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more about the Best High Schools methodology.

In addition to the national rankings, U.S. News also published rankings at the state, metro area, and school district levels. Only metro areas and school districts with three or more high schools were included in these sub-rankings.

BASIS Chandler in Arizona is at the top of the list for charter schools, and High Technology High School in Lincroft, New Jersey, is the No. 1 STEM school.

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