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7 High Schools Again Among Best in U.S.

The national Daily Beast website includes seven local schools on its latest list of America’s top high schools. The Daily Beast, formerly affiliated with Newsweek, used six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included college-level courses and exams, percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores. Only 735 high schools nationwide made the final cut.

The seven local schools and their national rankings are California Academy of Mathematics and Science, 316; Renaissance, 541; Lakewood, 581; Wilson, 593; Poly, 654; Millikan, 628; and Avalon, 720.

The Daily Beast contacted public schools with above-average graduation rates of at least 85 percent. About 1,200 public schools completed an initial survey. The Daily Beast then compared college acceptance rates, academic rigor based upon college prep classes and test scores, and finally, student performance on college admission exams.

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