U.S. News & World Report Ranks Cerritos' High Schools Among Best in State & Nation

The publication measures the ABC Unified School District's high schools in Cerritos against others in California and the U.S. -- Whitney High School is considered the 31st best in the nation.

 is one of the top 10 high schools in California, and is considered the 31st best school in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. and  were also in the rankings. 

The online news publication released its annual list of the "Best High Schools" in the country Tuesday. According to the report, the rankings are developed in conjunction with the Washington-based American Institutes for Research and are determined using math and English proficiency, college readiness and the ratio of students to teachers. Nearly 22,000 schools were analyzed.

The report ranks Cerritos' high schools against schools throughout California as well as across the country.

National Ranking: No. 31
California Ranking:
No. 6

College Readiness Index: 96.0
Academic Performance Index: 988
Student/Teacher Ratio: 24:1

National Ranking: No. 204
California Ranking:
No. 38

College Readiness Index: 59.5
Academic Performance Index: 865 
Student/Teacher Ratio: 25:1

National Ranking: 1200
California Ranking: 244

College Readiness Index: 27.9
Academic Performance Index: 771
Student/Teacher Ratio: 25:1 

National Ranking: Not Ranked
California Ranking: Not Ranked

College Readiness Index: N/A
Academic Performance Index: 575
Student/Teacher Ratio: 30:1 

The Top Five Schools in the State

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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