Los Altos, Mountain View, Among Top 100 of 'Best High Schools' Magazine Survey

Cupertino, Los Gatos, and Saratoga also have schools listed, but the #1 California-rated high school is in Santa Cruz, according to the latest US News and World Report survey.


It's a reminder of how strong our local high schools are when compared to others around the state.

Seven Silicon Valley schools are among the Top 100 Best High Schools in California for 2012 as announced today by US News and World Report magazine.

Cupertino (Monta Vista and Cupertino HS) placed two schools in the top 100. Saratoga High School, Mountain View High School, Los Gatos High School and Los Altos High School also finished in the top group.

But the clear winner was Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz, listed as the best high school in California. Pacific just missed finishing in the top 10 nationally of Best High Schools, ranked number eleven.

A three-step process determines the Best High Schools ranking. The first two steps ensured that the schools serve all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as the benchmarks. For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.

Palo Alto (Gunn and Palo Alto) schools, and a third Cupertino School (Homestead) showed high numbers in two categories but were not placed in the top-listed schools by US News and World Report.

California Ranking School College Readiness Academic Performance 1 Pacific Collegiate/SC 100.0 935 16 Monta Vista HS/Cup 73.8 949 22 Saratoga HS 66.9 933 50 Mountain View HS 54.5 860 62 Cupertino HS/Cup 52.4 893 63 Los Altos HS 52.4 873 86 Los Gatos HS 47.8 884 - Henry Gunn HS/PA 71.2 910 - Palo Alto HS 65.0 900 - Homestead HS/Cup 50.4 866 - Prospect HS/Sar 28.8 771 - Del Mar HS/Campbl 22.2 718


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comment1320 April 24, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Congratulations to MV and LA High Schools! Interesting to note that the number 1 high school is a charter school....
DR April 25, 2013 at 04:37 AM
Yes, Grace Y., PCS is the top charter high school. They are also a County Board charter that raised their own funding and financing for their own facilities, all without relying on the local school district. Now only if BCS could raise such funding, say 5 million dollars as a start. Hmm... (Congratulations MVLA, and PCS!)
L.A. Chung April 25, 2013 at 04:42 AM
One interesting thing to note is that Gunn High School and Paly are not ranked in this survey, and there is a reason. We'll have that short story in Thursday's Patch.
GG April 25, 2013 at 04:01 PM
Maybe BCS can continue its winning formula -- extend its charter to HS, sue the MVLA school district and be #1 in the state! (Congrats MVLA!!)
Los Altos resident April 25, 2013 at 05:37 PM
BCS would never make the list, even if it had a high school. To qualify as a Top 100, your disadvantaged students have to score at least as high as the state average. My math is a little rusty, but I believe that the number 0 is less than any positive number.


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