You know we don’t normally put too much stock in US News & World Report’s listings of best colleges (the selectivity rankings are too easily manipulated), but when they list local campuses as some of the nation’s top high schools … well, alrighty then. How very perceptive of them!
The US News & World Report that lands on newstands Monday lists the 1,600 best schools in America, and the Bay Area has a lovely set of schools on that list – Amador Valley (pictured, above), Campolindo, Miramonte, Acalanes, Piedmont and 11 others.
So where’d they come up with the list? The magazine teamed up with School Evaluation Services analysts to measure test scores and demographic factors to see which schools exceeded the performance levels you’d expect, given the school’s population; how well its most disadvantaged groups performed; and how well it prepared students for college, based on AP exam results. The 100 top-performing schools were given a “gold medal” rating, 405 more earned “silver” ratings and another 1,086 were awarded bronze.
Here’s the Bay Area scoop:
GOLD MEDAL: Lowell High in San Francisco (69th), Mission San Jose High in Fremont (49th place) and Piedmont High in Piedmont (68th)
SILVER: Acalanes High in Lafayette; Alameda High in Alameda; Albany High in Albany; Amador Valley High in Pleasanton; California High in San Ramon; Campolindo High in Moraga; Foothill High in Pleasanton; Mills High in San Mateo; Miramonte High in Orinda; Monte Vista High in Danville; Redwood High in Larkspur; and San Ramon Valley High School in Danville.
BRONZE: Middle College High in San Pablo.
For reaction from East Bay principals, check out this morning’s Times.