SMHS Ranks Highly Among State, National High Schools

In its annual rankings of high schools, U.S. News and World Report named San Marino High School as the No. 8 public high school in California and No. 23 high school overall in the state.
Awarding the school a Gold Medal, the publication also named it the No. 168 overall high school nationwide and the No. 56 high school for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. The school was the third highest-ranked public high school in Los Angeles County after Whitney High School in Cerritos and La Cañada High School in La Cañada Flintridge.
San Marino Unified School District Superintendent Alex Cherniss said he and the rest of the district were, as always, thrilled to see their schools recognized.
“I’m always pleased to see us rank so high,” he said. “We’re going to continue to focus on our hard work and the rankings should take care of themselves.”
U.S. News and World Report cited a variety of data points in its evaluations, including college readiness index (SMHS had a 73), percentage of students who took Advanced Placement tests (82%) and the percentage who passed (86%), math proficiency (94%) and English proficiency (90%). The school, according to the data, also boasts a 98% graduation rate.
Pointing out the STEM ranking, Cherniss said he expects that ranking to climb in future years, in particular because the district plans to implement new STEM programs at the elementary schools next year.
“It’s one of those things we’re implementing more and we’re excited about that,” he said.
SMHS students are this week taking their AP tests, and Cherniss said he expects those students will continue to shine in that department. AP credits can often be applied toward college credit in lieu of courses, depending on the university.
“That’s something we’re really proud of,” Cherniss added. “Our kids do an exceptional job on their AP tests each year.”
To view the analysis and rankings, visit There is a search engine for specific high schools and there also is an option to break down lists by state, type of school and other filters.

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