U.S. News & World Report Ranks SMHS

*non-magnet or non-charter schools Source: U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools
*non-magnet or non-charter schools
Source: U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools

It’s a gold medal for San Marino High School, at least according to the latest U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools ranking it compiles annually.
The San Marino Unified School District high school ranked 61st in all of California (which includes charter and magnet schools); U.S. News ranked nearly 700 high schools in this state, of which 85 — including SMHS — earned gold medal accolades for being among the nation’s top 500 high schools in terms of college readiness.
“We are extremely proud of the great work our teachers and students are doing,” said Jason Kurtenbach, executive director of instructional services for SMUSD. “We are honored to be named one of the very few Gold Medal Schools for U.S. News and World Report. We also recognize an opportunity for growth and have already embarked on work to increase our college and career readiness as we begin our research into possible Career Technical Education Pathways and the increase of access to our AP courses.”
SMHS’ scorecard in the rankings included a 70% test rate for AP exams and an 86% pass rate for those students. There was a mathematics proficiency of 80%, a reading proficiency of 83% and a college readiness index of 62.4.
Demographically, SMHS also was noted as having a 74% minority enrollment among its 1,200 students and that 4% of the student body was considered economically disadvantaged. The school boasted a 98% graduation rate and subject proficiencies that were substantially higher than state averages.
Kurtenbach noted that the school’s national ranking of No. 392 placed SMHS in the top 2% of high schools ranked nationwide. SMHS also was the No. 114 STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school out of 500 such schools.
“To even be a part of this prestigious group, SMHS needed to demonstrate scoring better than statistically expected in both English and math on state assessments, as well as having historically underserved students perform at or better than the state average for historically underserved students, and surpassing the benchmark graduation rate,” he said.
Among Southern California high schools, SMHS also scored highly; in Los Angeles County public schools, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills Estates (No. 29 statewide), La Cañada High School in La Cañada Flintridge (No. 39) and Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach (No. 50), Malibu High School in Malibu (No. 57) and Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar (No. 59) were ahead of SMHS in U.S. News’ eyes.
The top two California schools — Whitney High School in Cerritos and Oxford Academy in Cypress — are, respectively, a magnet school and a selective-admission school.
For additional information, visit usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/rankings-overview.

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