The newest ranking of America’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report includes two schools in the Long Beach Unified School District. The California Academy of Mathematics and Science earned a gold medal while Renaissance High School for the Arts won silver.
The two schools earned the following rankings among thousands of public high schools:
• CAMS – state ranking of 15; national ranking of 101
• Renaissance – state ranking of 188; national ranking of 918
The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
To determine the rankings, schools were first analyzed on how well their students performed on state assessments, taking into account the test scores of disadvantaged students. High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally in terms of college readiness, using Advanced Placement or Inter-national Baccalaureate test data as the benchmarks for success.
In the rankings, 500 high schools earned gold medals, 1,519 won silver and 2,688 were awarded bronze. Only 2.8 percent of eligible schools won gold and 8.6 percent won silver.