California Has 524 U.S. News Best Schools In The Country For 2018

A whopping 524 California schools are ranked among the best in the U.S., according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 rankings of best high schools in the country. The highest ranked California school on the list was Whitney High School in Cerritos, which has consistently placed among the state’s top learning institutions.

The 2018 best high school rankings were released Wednesday and evaluate more than 20,500 public high schools. U.S. News identified schools that best serve all students and assessed how prepared students are for college-level work. Schools are also recognized with gold, silver and bronze medals with gold indicating the greatest level of college readiness.

Eighty-five California schools received a gold medal, 439 received a silver medal and 82 schools received a bronze medal.

Though California didn’t hold any of the coveted Top 10 spots in the in the overall rankings, compared to other states, California’s performance was rated as no. 2 by U.S. News — bested only by Massachusetts. The state-by-state performance rating was based on which states have the highest the highest proportion of schools with gold and silver medals. This metric showed that 25.4 percent of California’s schools earned a gold or silver medal.

“Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students,” Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News, said in a press release.

 

Here’s how the top 100 of California’s schools finished according to place and medal in the 2018 rankings:

  1. GOLD: Whitney High School 
    Cerritos, CA | ABC Unified School District
    #1 in California Rankings, #33 in National Rankings
  2. GOLD: Oxford Academy
    Cypress, CA | Anaheim Union High
    #2 in California Rankings, #36 in National Rankings
  3. GOLD: Stockton Collegiate International Secondary
    Stockton, CA | Stockton Unified
    #3 in California Rankings, #37 in National Rankings
  4. GOLD: KIPP San Jose Collegiate
    San Jose, CA | East Side Union High
    #4 in California Rankings, #60 in National Rankings
  5. GOLD: University High School (Fresno)
    Fresno, CA | Fresno Unified
    #5 in California Rankings, #74 in National Rankings
  6. GOLD: Preuss School UCSD
    La Jolla, CA | San Diego Unified School District
    #6 in California Rankings, #76 in National Rankings
  7. GOLD: Animo Leadership High
    Inglewood, CA | Lennox
    #7 in California Rankings, #78 in National Rankings
  8. GOLD: Mission San Jose High
    Fremont, CA | Fremont Unified
    #8 in California Rankings, #88 in National Rankings
  9. GOLD: University Preparatory Academy Charter
    San Jose, CA | Santa Clara County Office Of Education
    #9 in California Rankings, #93 in National Rankings
  10. GOLD: Hawthorne Math and Science Academy
    Hawthorne, CA | Hawthorne School District
    #10 in California Rankings, #95 in National Rankings
  11. GOLD: Lowell High School
    San Francisco, CA | San Francisco Unified School District
    #11 in California Rankings, #96 in National Rankings
  12. GOLD: California Academy of Mathematics and Science
    Carson, CA | Long Beach Unified
    #12 in California Rankings, #110 in National Rankings
  13. GOLD: Monta Vista High School
    Cupertino, CA | Fremont Union High
    #13 in California Rankings, #121 in National Rankings
  14. GOLD: Canyon Crest Academy
    San Diego, CA | San Dieguito Union High
    #14 in California Rankings#132 in National Rankings
  15. GOLD: Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #15 in California Rankings, #135 in National Rankings
  16. GOLD: Summit Preparatory Charter High
    Redwood City, CA | Sequoia Union High
    #16 in California Rankings, #136 in National Rankings
  17. GOLD: Lynbrook High
    San Jose, CA | Fremont Union High
    #17 in California Rankings, #142 in National Rankings
  18. GOLD: Leadership Public Schools: Richmond
    Richmond, CA | West Contra Costa Unified
    #18 in California Rankings, #144 in National Rankings
  19. GOLD: Oakland Charter High
    Oakland, CA | Oakland Unified
    #19 in California Rankings, #147 in National Rankings
  20. GOLD: Alliance Media Arts and Entertainment Design High
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #20 in California Rankings, #148 in National Rankings
  21. GOLD: Campolindo High
    Moraga, CA | Acalanes Union High
    #21 in California Rankings, #158 in National Rankings
  22. GOLD: KIPP King Collegiate High
    San Lorenzo, CA | San Lorenzo Unified
    #22 in California Rankings, #162 in National Rankings
  23. GOLD: Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy
    Gilroy, CA | Gilroy Unified
    #23 in California Rankings, #172 in National Rankings
  24. GOLD: Stockton Unified Early College Academy
    Stockton, CA | Stockton Unified
    #24 in California Rankings, #173 in National Rankings
  25. GOLD: Western Sierra Collegiate Academy
    Rocklin, CA | Rocklin Unified
    #25 in California Rankings, #184 in National Rankings
  26. GOLD: Saratoga High
    Saratoga, CA | Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High
    #26 in California Rankings, #191 in National Rankings
  27. GOLD: Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy
    Lennox, CA | Lennox
    #27 in California Rankings, #205 in National Rankings
  28. GOLD: Amador Valley High
    Pleasanton, CA | Pleasanton Unified
    #28 in California Rankings, #206 in National Rankings
  29. GOLD: Palos Verdes Peninsula High
    Rolling Hills Estates, CA | Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified
    #29 in California Rankings, #207 in National Rankings
  30. GOLD: Redwood High
    Larkspur, CA | Tamalpais Union High
    #30 in California Rankings, #211 in National Rankings
  31. GOLD: Everest Public High School
    Redwood City, CA | Sequoia Union High
    #31 in California Rankings, #212 in National Rankings
  32. GOLD: Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy
    Wilmington, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #32 in California Rankings, #215 in National Rankings
  33. GOLD: Henry M. Gunn High
    Palo Alto, CA | Palo Alto Unified
    #33 in California Rankings, #216 in National Rankings
  34. GOLD: Alliance Gertz-Ressler Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #34 in California Rankings, #219 in National Rankings
  35. GOLD: Leland High School
    San Jose, CA | San Jose Unified School District
    #35 in California Rankings, #235 in National Rankings
  36. GOLD: Piedmont High School
    Piedmont, CA | Piedmont City Unified
    #36 in California Rankings, #238 in National Rankings
  37. GOLD: Dougherty Valley High School
    San Ramon, CA | San Ramon Valley Unified
    #37 in California Rankings, #241 in National Rankings
  38. GOLD: Chula Vista Learning Community Charter
    Chula Vista, CA | Chula Vista Elementary
    #38 in California Rankings, #245 in National Rankings
  39. GOLD: La Canada High School
    La Canada, CA | La Canada Unified
    #39 in California Rankings, #249 in National Rankings
  40. GOLD: University Preparatory
    Redding, CA | Shasta Union High
    #40 in California Rankings, #255 in National Rankings
  41. GOLD: Del Norte High
    San Diego, CA | Poway Unified
    #41 in California Rankings, #256 in National Rankings
  42. GOLD: Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #42 in California Rankings, #260 in National Rankings
  43. GOLD: Summit Public School: Tahoma
    San Jose, CA | Santa Clara County Office Of Education
    #43 in California Rankings, #266 in National Rankings
  44. GOLD: Palo Alto High
    Palo Alto, CA | Palo Alto Unified
    #44 in California Rankings, #270 in National Rankings
  45. GOLD: Alliance Ted K. Tajima High School
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #45 in California Rankings, #279 in National Rankings
  46. GOLD: Orange County School of the Arts
    Santa Ana, CA | Santa Ana Unified
    #46 in California Rankings, #289 in National Rankings
  47. GOLD: Miramonte High
    Orinda, CA | Acalanes Union High
    #47 in California Rankings, #295 in National Rankings
  48. GOLD: Torrey Pines High
    San Diego, CA | San Dieguito Union High
    #48 in California Rankings, #300 in National Rankings
  49. GOLD: Leadership Public Schools – Hayward
    Hayward, CA | Hayward Unified
    #49 in California Rankings, #310 in National Rankings
  50. GOLD: Mira Costa High
    Manhattan Beach, CA | Manhattan Beach Unified
    #50 in California Rankings, #325 in National Rankings
  51. GOLD: Troy High School
    Fullerton, CA | Fullerton Joint Union High
    #51 in California Rankings, #326 in National Rankings
  52. GOLD: Carmel High
    Carmel, CA | Carmel Unified
    #52 in California Rankings, #330 in National Rankings
  53. GOLD: West Campus
    Sacramento, CA | Sacramento City Unified
    #53 in California Rankings, #331 in National Rankings
  54. GOLD: Oscar de la Hoya Animo Charter High School
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #54 in California Rankings, #350 in National Rankings
  55. GOLD: Arnold O. Beckman High
    Irvine, CA | Tustin Unified
    #55 in California Rankings, #355 in National Rankings
  56. GOLD: Oakland Unity High
    Oakland, CA | Oakland Unified
    #56 in California Rankings, #357 in National Rankings
  57. GOLD: Malibu High
    Malibu, CA | Santa Monica-Malibu Unified
    #57 in California Rankings, #364 in National Rankings
  58. GOLD: Cupertino High
    Cupertino, CA | Fremont Union High
    #58 in California Rankings, #367 in National Rankings
  59. GOLD: Diamond Bar High
    Diamond Bar, CA | Walnut Valley Unified
    #59 in California Rankings, #376 in National Rankings
  60. GOLD: Roseland Charter School
    Santa Rosa, CA | Roseland Public Schools
    #60 in California Rankings, #382 in National Rankings
  61. GOLD: San Marino High
    San Marino, CA | San Marino Unified
    #61 in California Rankings, #392 in National Rankings
  62. GOLD: Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #62 in California Rankings, #396 in National Rankings
  63. GOLD: Los Gatos High
    Los Gatos, CA | Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High
    #63 in California Rankings, #401 in National Rankings
  64. GOLD: Los Altos High (Los Altos)
    Los Altos, CA | Mountain View-Los Altos Union High
    #64 in California Rankings, #402 in National Rankings
  65. GOLD: Aragon High
    San Mateo, CA | San Mateo Union High
    #65 in California Rankings, #403 in National Rankings
  66. GOLD: University High School (Irvine)
    Irvine, CA | Irvine Unified
    #66 in California Rankings, #408 in National Rankings
  67. GOLD: Sir Francis Drake High
    San Anselmo, CA | Tamalpais Union High
    #67 in California Rankings, #422 in National Rankings
  68. GOLD: Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #68 in California Rankings, #424 in National Rankings
  69. GOLD: Westview High
    San Diego, CA | Poway Unified
    #69 in California Rankings, #425 in National Rankings
  70. GOLD: Homestead High
    Cupertino, CA | Fremont Union High
    #70 in California Rankings, #428 in National Rankings
  71. GOLD: Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #71 in California Rankings, #432 in National Rankings
  72. GOLD: Westlake High
    Westlake Village, CA | Conejo Valley Unified
    #72 in California Rankings, #438 in National Rankings
  73. GOLD: Environmental Charter High
    Lawndale, CA | Lawndale Elementary
    #73 in California Rankings, #441 in National Rankings
  74. GOLD: Mills High
    Millbrae, CA | San Mateo Union High
    #74 in California Rankings, #449 in National Rankings
  75. GOLD: Acalanes High
    Lafayette, CA | Acalanes Union High
    #75 in California Rankings, #454 in National Rankings
  76. GOLD: PUC Community Charter Early College High
    Lakeview Terrace, CA | Los Angeles Unified
    #76 in California Rankings, #462 in National Rankings
  77. GOLD: Cerritos High
    Cerritos, CA | ABC Unified School District
    #77 in California Rankings, #468 in National Rankings
  78. GOLD: Alliance Huntington Park College-Ready Academy High
    Huntington Park, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #78 in California Rankings, #470 in National Rankings
  79. GOLD: Northwood High
    Irvine, CA | Irvine Unified
    #79 in California Rankings, #475 in National Rankings
  80. GOLD: La Jolla High
    La Jolla, CA | San Diego Unified School District
    #80 in California Rankings, #476 in National Rankings
  81. GOLD: Foothill High
    Pleasanton, CA | Pleasanton Unified
    #81 in California Rankings, #477 in National Rankings
  82. GOLD: Foshay Learning Center
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #82 in California Rankings, #478 in National Rankings
  83. GOLD: Cobalt Institute of Math and Science Academy
    Victorville, CA | Victor Valley Union High
    #83 in California Rankings, #486 in National Rankings
  84. GOLD: Foothill Technology High
    Ventura, CA | Ventura Unified
    #84 in California Rankings, #498 in National Rankings
  85. GOLD: Abraham Lincoln High School
    San Francisco, CA | San Francisco Unified School District
    #85 in California Rankings, #499 in National Rankings
  86. SILVER: Burlingame High
    Burlingame, CA | San Mateo Union High
    #86 in California Rankings, #505 in National Rankings
  87. SILVER: Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
    San Francisco, CA | San Francisco Unified School District
    #87 in California Rankings, #510 in National Rankings
  88. SILVER: Mt. Everest Academy
    San Diego, CA | San Diego Unified School District
    #88 in California Rankings, #511 in National Rankings
  89. SILVER: Oak Park High
    Oak Park, CA | Oak Park Unified
    #89 in California Rankings, #525 in National Rankings
  90. SILVER: Crescenta Valley High
    La Crescenta, CA | Glendale Unified
    #90 in California Rankings, #539 in National Rankings
  91. SILVER: Leigh High
    San Jose, CA | Campbell Union High
    #91 in California Rankings, #543 in National Rankings
  92. SILVER: North Tahoe High
    Tahoe City, CA | Tahoe-Truckee Unified
    #92 in California Rankings, #548 in National Rankings
  93. SILVER: River Valley Charter
    Lakeside, CA | Lakeside Union Elementary
    #93 in California Rankings, #556 in National Rankings
  94. SILVER: La Quinta High
    Westminster, CA | Garden Grove Unified
    #94 in California Rankings, #557 in National Rankings
  95. SILVER: Animo Venice Charter High
    Venice, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #95 in California Rankings, #562 in National Rankings
  96. SILVER: Thirty-Second Street Usc Performing Arts
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #96 in California Rankings, #565 in National Rankings
  97. SILVER: Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy
    Arcata, CA | Humboldt County Office Of Education
    #97 in California Rankings, #574 in National Rankings
  98. SILVER: Palisades Charter High
    Pacific Palisades, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #98 in California Rankings, #581 in National Rankings
  99. SILVER: Ann Sobrato High
    Morgan Hill, CA | Morgan Hill Unified
    #99 in California Rankings, #585 in National Rankings
  100. SILVER: Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High
    Los Angeles, CA | Los Angeles Unified School District
    #100 in California Rankings, #586 in National Rankings
Bronze medal schools are not ranked by U.S. News.
To determine the rankings, U.S. News teamed up with the social science research firm RTI International. A variety of data sources, including the Common Core of Data, College Board and the International Baccalaureate, were used.
A four-step process was used to rank all eligible schools. The first two steps were to determine whether students were performing better than statistically expected in the state and whether minority were performing at or better than the state average for minority students, which was the second step. The third step required schools to meet or surpass a certain graduation benchmark and the final step was to determine college readiness. (You can read the full methodology here.)
 
The top 10 high schools in the U.S. overall are:
  1. BASIS Scottsdale (AZ)
  2. BASIS Chandler (AZ)
  3. BASIS Oro Valley (AZ)
  4. BASIS Tucson North (AZ)
  5. BASIS Flagstaff (AZ)
  6. Meridian School (TX)
  7. International Academy of Macomb (MI)
  8. BASIS Peoria (AZ)
  9. Baccalaureate School for Global Education (NY)
  10. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (VA)

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