Newsweek's newly released annual ranking of America's top high schools includes more Long Beach Unified School District schools than ever: CAMS (California Academy of Mathematics and Science), Wilson Classical High School, Renaissance High School for the Arts and Polytechnic High School.
"To have so many high schools ranked in the top five percent of the most competitive schools in the nation is a huge achievement," said Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent of Schools for the Long Beach Unified School District. "This is a testament to all of our high schools’ heroic efforts to prepare more students for success in college and beyond."
Last year, the list included CAMS, Wilson and Poly. This year, Renaissance made the list for the first time. This is the third consecutive time that Wilson and Poly have appeared on the Newsweek list.
Newsweek ranks public schools according to a ratio that is the number of Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in 2005 divided by the number of graduating seniors. For more information, visit newsweek.com
The Long Beach Unified School District in recent years has significantly boosted the numbers of students taking AP exams and courses. Last school year, students here took nearly 4,800 Advanced Placement exams, an increase of about 1,300 over the previous year.
This year, students are filling about 6,000 seats in AP courses, an increase of more than 3,000 during the past two years. AP courses help students earn up to a year of college credit, saving their parents thousands of dollars on tuition.
Performance by LBUSD students on AP exams now ranks higher than state, national and international averages in nine subject areas.