A list of the nation’s most challenging high schools released by the Washington Post includes seven schools in the Long Beach Unified School District.
The 2012 rankings include schools that surpass 91 percent of other high schools nationwide in terms of their ability to offer rigorous college prep courses.
The Post divides the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2011 by the number of graduating seniors. Only 9 percent of high schools, or about 1,900 schools nationwide, qualified for the list.
The report by the Post includes the percentage of students receiving subsidized lunches, a figure illustrating the poverty challenges that schools face.
Local schools’ rankings on the report (with the percentage of students receiving subsidized lunches) are:
• 849 – California Academy of Mathematics and Science (49.4% subs. lunch)
• 1,097 – Wilson (55.9% subs. lunch)
• 1,212 – Avalon (69.8% subs. lunch)
• 1,301 – Renaissance (65.7% subs. lunch)
• 1,339 – Poly (63.7% subs. lunch)
• 1,366 – Millikan (60.6% subs. lunch)
• 1,634 – Lakewood (52.5% subs. lunch)
Each of these schools also appeared on the Washington Post rankings last year.
Learn more at washingtonpost.com.