U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 Best High Schools unveiled its the annual rankings of 21,000 national public high schools last week, with Los Altos and Mountain View high schools continuing to score high.
Both schools received gold-medal recognition based on state proficiency standards and how well the schools prepare students for college.
Both ranked in the top 2 percent of schools nationally, with Mountain View ranked 297 and Los Altos 337. In the statewide rankings of 2,039 California high schools, they were in the top 100, with Mountain View ranking 50th and Los Altos 63rd.
The U.S. News and World Report website explains its methodology:
“U.S. News joined forces with the American Institutes for Research, a D.C.-based organization, to evaluate schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.
Schools were ranked within each state, as well as on a national stage, so that families can see how their public high school stacked up against rivals within the community and across the country. In the national rankings, 500 schools earned gold medals, 1,790 were awarded silver and 2,515 took home bronze.”
“We continue to be amazed at the accomplishments of our students and staff,” said Mountain View High Principal Keith Moody. “Although this is only one measure of academic achievement, we are pleased that our focus on a rigorous curriculum that provides open access to all courses has yielded excellent results for all student groups. I could not be happier with our progress.”
For more information, visit www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/california/rankings.