Last month, U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of “Best High Schools,” which names the top 500 schools in America, and La Jolla High School ranked in this high-performing group. The U.S. News “Best High Schools” list ranks the top schools in our nation based on their performance in core areas, such as college readiness preparation and state assessment scores. In addition to placement on the list, U.S. News awards high achieving schools with gold, silver and bronze medals. La Jolla High School earned a gold medal for its science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education program.
La Jolla High School is one of the best in the nation
U.S. News' 2016 “Best High Schools” list ranked La Jolla High School as #355 out of the top 500 schools in America. The secondary school serves more than 1,500 students, has a student to teacher ratio of 27 to 1, and a graduation rate of 98 percent. These factors all contributed to La Jolla High School's ranking as one of U.S. News' 500 “Best High Schools.”
Moreover, La Jolla High School was ranked #244 on U.S. News' list of "Best STEM High Schools" and earned a gold medal for being a top-performing school that met all measured criteria. Out of the nearly 29,000 schools U.S. News evaluated, the news publication only awarded the 6,218 highest scoring schools with gold medals.
La Jolla High School is one of the best in California
La Jolla High School also ranked well within the state. The secondary school ranked #54 out of all the high schools within California, in part because of its high rate of student participation in Advanced Placement programs, which was listed at 70 percent. In addition, La Jolla High School earned a 61.2 out of 100 on the College Readiness Index, which was one of the factors that ultimately led to its gold meal. The district average for the same readiness indicator is 38.7 percent.
How the ‘Best High Schools’ list is compiled
U.S. News released its first “Best High Schools” list online in late 2007. The annual list is compiled by analyzing data that indicates each school’s level of college readiness, performance on state assessments and how well prepared students are for college.
The 2016 list determined the country’s top-performing public high schools through teaming with RTI International, a global nonprofit research firm to comb data from a variety of sources. Data from The Common Core of Data, which is a U.S. Department of Education website, College Board, International Baccalaureate, state assessment scores and graduation rates were all used to determine which schools across the nation were the absolute best and rank them accordingly.