U.S. News reveals 2018 Best High Schools ranking; find out which OC campuses made the list

Oxford Academy in Anaheim Union High School District ranked as the second best high school in California in the U.S. News 2018 Best High Schools ranking released today.

Oxford, a magnet school in Cypress, ranked 36th overall nationally.

Oxford academy campusOxford’s intensive honors curriculum requires students to take a minimum of four Advanced Placement courses to graduate, according U.S. News. Ninth- and 10th-grade students can choose from four career pathways to supplement their core courses: biomedical science, engineering, business/entrepreneurship, and software systems and development.

“Oxford Academy boasts a culturally diverse student body, with many students coming from homes where English is the second language,” according to U.S. News.

Orange County School of the Arts, a charter school in Santa Ana, was the second highest rated county school, placing No. 46 statewide and 289th nationally.

Here are is the full list of local schools placing in the top 100 statewide:

  • Oxford Academy in Anaheim Union High School District; No. 2 statewide, No. 36 nationally
  • Troy High School in Fullerton Joint Union High School District; No. 51 statewide, No. 330 nationally
  • Beckman High in Tustin Unified School District; No. 55 statewide, No. 355 nationally
  • University High in Irvine Unified School District; No. 66 statewide, No. 408 nationally
  • La Quinta High in Garden Grove Unified School District; No. 94 statewide, No. 554 nationally

The U.S. News ranking measures campuses on data including enrollment, graduation rates, diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs and the results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate test data.