The online news publication released its annual list Tuesday of the "Best High Schools" in the country. According to the report, the rankings are developed in conjunction with the Washington-based American Institutes for Research and are determined by measuring math and English proficiency, college readiness and the ratio of students to teachers. Nearly 22,000 schools were analyzed and 2009-2010 data was used to determine the rankings.
The report ranks Venice high schools against schools throughout California as well as across the country.
National ranking: No. 458
California Ranking: No. 86
College Readiness Index: 47.1
Academic Performance Index: 737
Student/Teacher Ratio: 17:1
National Ranking: Unranked.
California Ranking: Unranked.
College Readiness Index: 33.4
Academic Performance Index: 692
Student/Teacher Ratio: 26:1
Oxford Academy in Cypress, Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz, San Marcos High in San Marcos, Dublin High in Dublin and Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy in Arcata were named the top five schools in California, respectively. See the full California rankings and learn more about the U.S. News & World Report ranking methodology.
Some educators have called into question the statistics used to determine the survey. In fact, one Nevada principal, whose school ranks 13th in the nation, told the Las Vegas Sun some of the information used was inaccurate.
This year's "Best High Schools" report, available exclusively online, is U.S. News & World Report's fourth edition.
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(Editor's Note: Updated on May 9 to add that the rankings were based on 2009-2010 data.)