The newest ranking of America’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report includes three schools in the Long Beach Unified School District. Among the three is a gold medal winner, the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, and two silver medal winners.
CAMS and Polytechnic High School made repeat appearances on the list. Making the list for the first time was Renaissance High School for the Arts.
The three high schools earned high rankings among 21,776 public high schools throughout the United States:
CAMS—State ranking of 18; national ranking of 111; gold medal
Renaissance—State ranking of 202; national ranking of 1,038; silver medal
Poly—State ranking of 278; national ranking of 1,326; silver medal
CAMS also made the U.S. News list of best high schools for math and science, ranking 76th out of the nation’s top 600 high schools.
To determine the rankings, schools were first analyzed on how well their students performed on state assessments, taking into account the test scores of disadvantaged students. High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally in terms of college readiness. U.S. News determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing student success in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, both of which include college-level courses.
U.S. News awarded more than 4,800 gold, silver and bronze medals to the top schools.
CAMS, Poly, Renaissance and other LBUSD high schools have appeared repeatedly on other lists of America's top schools, including those published by Newsweek and the Washington Post.