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7 Schools Make Washington Post List

A list of the nation’s most challenging high schools, released by the Washington Post recently, includes seven schools in the Long Beach Unified School District.

The 2013 rankings include schools that surpass 91 percent of other high schools nationwide in terms of their ability to offer rigorous college prep courses.

“We’re delighted to see the high quality of our high schools recognized again on a national stage,” said LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser.  “We’ve maintained a consistent focus on college and career preparation, and that work is reflected in these latest rankings.”

The Post divides the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2012 by the number of graduating seniors.  Only 9 percent of about 22,000 U.S. public high schools earned a place on this year’s 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’ national rankings on the report (with the percentage of students receiving subsidized lunches) are:

• 750 – California Academy of Mathematics and Science (48% subs. lunch)

• 1,141 – Wilson (57% subs. lunch)

• 1,147 – Millikan (58% subs. lunch)

• 1,406 – Poly (64% subs. lunch)

• 1,527 – Renaissance (63% subs. lunch)

• 1,772 – Lakewood (52% subs. lunch)

• 1,824 – Avalon (72% subs. lunch)

Each of these schools has repeatedly appeared on the Post’s annual rankings.