Oxford Academy in the Anaheim Union High School District once again took the No. 2 spot in California and was ranked No. 19 nationally. U.S. News noted that the Advanced Placement participation rate at Oxford is 100 percent, and 39 percent of its students are considered economically disadvantaged.
In all, nine Orange County schools were listed among California’s top 100, and a dozen local campuses placed within the top 1,000 nationwide.
Troy High School in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District was Orange County’s second highest-rated school, ranking 26th in California and 213rd nationally.
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia took the No. 1 spot overall.
A number of news outlets have attempted to rank schools over the years, each relying its own research and methodology. U.S. News is probably the most widely known.
The digital news site says it coordinated with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm, and examined a handful of indicators, including student participation in AP and International Baccalaureate exams, performance on math and reading assessments, the performance rates of underserved populations, and graduation rates.
“The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams; and graduated in high proportions,” U.S. News said.