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Nine High Schools Among Best in U.S.

The Washington Post’s 2017 ranking of America’s top high schools includes nine schools in the Long Beach Unified School District, a new record for LBUSD, with Cabrillo and Jordan high schools joining the list for the first time.

The ranking lists schools in only the top 12 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools in terms of their ability to offer rigorous college prep instruction.

The Post calculates a Challenge Index by dividing the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2016 by the number of graduating seniors.

The report by the Post includes the percentage of students receiving subsidized lunches, a figure illustrating the poverty challenges that schools face.

Local high schools' national rankings on the report (with the percentage of students receiving subsidized lunches) are:

465 – California Academy of Mathematics and Science (42.6% subs. lunch)

677 – Wilson (56.7% subs. lunch)

845 – Millikan (44.5% subs. lunch)

943 – Poly (58.1% subs. lunch)

1,070 – Lakewood (50.9% subs. lunch)

1,289 – Avalon (68.8% subs. lunch)

1,482 – Renaissance (58.2% subs. lunch)

1,975 – Cabrillo (80.7% subs. lunch)

2,010 – Jordan (78.8% subs. lunch)

Find the full list at washingtonpost.com.  Search for America’s Most Challenging High Schools.

Students here signed up for more than 14,000 AP exams this spring.  That’s about 85 percent higher than the number of students who took AP exams four years ago.  The significant increase comes after concerted efforts to boost access to AP courses and tests.