Three Southern California schools have earned spots in an annual ranking of the best high schools in the nation.
The US News and World Report Best High Schools list includes data on approximately 24,000 public high schools in 50 states. The ranking is based on performance on state assessments and how schools prepare students for college.
Click here for the full list of factors used in the ranking.
Below are the three Southern California public high schools in the rankings.
Whitney High School
Ranking: No. 1 in California, 14th overall
Located in Cerritos, Gretchen Whitney High School is the top high school in California in the US News and World Report rankings. He has been praised for a variety of honors courses and advanced internships that include computer science, physics, and foreign languages. Admission to the school is selective.
California Academy of Mathematics and Sciences
Ranking: No. 2 in California, 15th overall
This magnetic public school in Carson focuses on science and math. Opportunities for advancement placement courses and exams and a 100% AP attendance rate are some of the reasons the school made the list. Total minority enrollment is 93% with 44% of students considered economically disadvantaged, the ranking summary notes.
Ranking: No. 3 in California, 16th overall
The Oxford Academy at Cypress offers a specialized intensive program and requires a minimum of four advanced placement courses to graduate. Students in grades 9 and 10 can choose from four career paths – biomedical sciences, engineering, business/entrepreneurship, and systems and software development – in addition to their core courses.
Topping the overall list was the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandra, Virginia.
Click here to see the full ranking from US News and World Report.