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West Campus shines again in magazine’s high school rankings

Karen Villegas, 15, left, Christy Xiong, 15, and Michael Ly, 15, right, study together in a math class, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at West Campus High School, which has been ranked among the best public high schools in the state and nation.
Karen Villegas, 15, left, Christy Xiong, 15, and Michael Ly, 15, right, study together in a math class, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015, at West Campus High School, which has been ranked among the best public high schools in the state and nation. lsterling@sacbee.com

West Campus in south Sacramento has been named the 67th-best public high school in California and 414th in the nation.

Students who want to attend West Campus need not be tops academically to get into the school, which U.S. News & World Report recognized Tuesday in its annual nationwide survey of 21,500 public high schools. The school seeks well-rounded students who have high attendance, great behavior and extracurricular activities, administrators say.

West Campus, in the Sacramento City Unified School District, receives more applications each year than it has available freshman seats. Minorities account for about 80 percent of its 861 students.

The school’s students have historically outperformed counterparts in the district. The campus has a large number of low-income students who regularly top students in the county’s more affluent neighborhoods.

West Campus opened in 1983 as a magnet program for students throughout the district. At the time, it was known as Hiram Johnson West Campus because of its proximity to Hiram Johnson High School. The school cut ties with Hiram Johnson in 2000.

Other Sacramento-area public high schools high in the state rankings:

▪ Granite Bay: 83rd

▪ Rocklin: 107th

<bullet>Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep: 116th

▪ Davis Senior: 140th

▪ Oak Ridge: 148th

<bullet>Mira Loma: 150th

Stockton Collegiate International Secondary was ranked No. 2. The top California high school was Whitney High School in Cerritos.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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