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13 High Schools Make U.S. News Ranking

Thirteen high schools in the Long Beach Unified School District earned rankings on U.S. News and World Report’s list of America’s 2021 Best High Schools. The California Academy of Mathematics and Science topped the LBUSD list, placing third among California schools, 15th nationally among magnet programs and 32nd overall in the national public high school rankings.

Also earning their place on the rankings were Avalon, Cabrillo, Educational Partnership High School, Jordan, Lakewood, McBride, Millikan, Poly, Reid, Renaissance, Sato and Wilson schools. Sato and McBride, two of Long Beach’s newest high schools, made California’s top 100, with Sato ranked 11th, and McBride ranked 36th.

A total of 17,800 public high schools out of a review of nearly 24,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia were ranked by U.S. News. This year’s rankings were based on data from the 2018-19 school year and were not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

All schools were ranked on six indicators of school quality. The indicators include college readiness based on the proportions of 12th graders who took and passed Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams; college curriculum breadth; math and reading proficiency based on state tests, and whether that performance exceeded expectations given the school's proportion of historically underserved students; underserved student performance based on how Black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state; and four-year graduation rates.

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HIGHLY RANKED – Past graduates of the California Academy of Mathematics and Science celebrate commencement. CAMS and other local schools ranked highly on U.S. News and World Report’s newest list of America’s Best High Schools.