Ten high schools in the Long Beach Unified School District earned rankings on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s Best High Schools. The California Academy of Mathematics and Science topped the LBUSD list, ranking fifth among California schools and 14th nationally among magnet programs.
Also earning their place on the rankings were Avalon, Cabrillo, Jordan, Lakewood, McBride, Renaissance, Millikan, Poly and Wilson schools.
“Congratulations to all of the Long Beach Unified high schools on this year’s list. Many of these schools have appeared on the U.S. News rankings in prior years, and we’re pleased that they continue to be recognized,” LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser said.
“Our staff works hard in collaboration with parents and many community partners to help more students achieve the dream of a college education,” Steinhauser said. “We thank everyone who contributes to these important efforts.”
U.S. News ranked 17,245 public high schools, out of a review of more than 23,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The new rankings are based on a revamped method that weighs six indicators of school quality. The indicators include college readiness based on the proportions of 12th graders who took and passed Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams; college curriculum breadth; math and reading proficiency based on state tests, and whether that performance exceeded expectations given the school's proportion of historically underserved students; underserved student performance based on how black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state; and four-year graduation rates.