A recent report on the best public high schools in the U.S. ranked 600 California campuses. Southern California and Bay Area schools dominate the list — and just one non-charter school in the Sacramento area cracked the top 100.
West Campus in Sacramento ranked No. 53 in the Golden State in U.S. News' 2018 list of best high schools, released this week. West Sierra Collegiate Academy, a public charter school in Rocklin, ranked No. 25.
Rocklin earned high marks among the Sacramento region's institutions. After Davis Senior High (139th), Rocklin High and Whitney (153rd and 204th, respectively) round out the area's top five.
The list looked at more than 20,000 schools nationwide, and assigned scores based on graduation rates, college-level readiness, and test scores and/or school performance compared to their state's average. U.S. News teamed up with nonprofit research firm RTI International, using data from the U.S. Department of Education, test results (Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate) and statewide accountability proficiency stats.
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Schools within Sacramento city limits don't show up again until the mid-300s: Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep at No. 345, Valley at No. 348 and Sheldon at No. 377.
Also noteworthy: Vista Del Lago (243rd) edged out cross-town neighbor Folsom High by 10 spots on the list. Vista boasted a college readiness factor scoring 1 percentage point higher than Folsom.
No. 1 in the state went to Gretchen Whitney High School in Cerritos, with a 100 percent graduation rate and a score of 98.6 for college readiness. Oxford Academy in Cypress got second (100 percent, 98.4), and Stockton Collegiate International Secondary took third (98 percent, 97.7).
On the national list, Arizona-based BASIS Charter Schools system nabbed the entire top five with a handful of its campuses (in descending order: Scottsdale, Chandler, Oro Valley, Tucson North, Flagstaff).