20 Best High Schools In California

20 Best High Schools In California
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California has a large and diverse base of high school students and, according to EdSource, the state spends an average of $8,482 a student per year for educational costs.

According to the Center for Education Policy Analysis, California was long a national leader in educational policies and approaches. However, the state is now struggling with a large list of federal and state reporting requirements and many regulations that seem to stifle innovation. Within this context, many communities are working with different approaches and concepts to bring innovation back to the classroom.

Below are 20 schools, many of them nationally recognized, that stand at the head of the class in rankings for California high schools:

20. San Marino High School

San Marino High School (SMHS) is a known public high school in San Marino, California, United States, and also the only high school in the San Marino Unified School District, Los Angeles County. According to the 2013 California Academic Performance Index Survey, the district was the highest-performing unified school district for the eleventh consecutive year, with a score of 953 points out of 1,000 possible.

San Marino High School’s state Academic Performance Index (API) is 932 out of a possible 1000 points, as determined by the California Department of Education.

It was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2006 and a Gold Medal school by U.S. News and World Report, ranking in the 80s in the nation. San Marino High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges through the Focus on Learning process.

California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) has once again named San Marino High to its Honor Roll for 2008 in the “Scholar Schools” category. This category recognizes schools for academic excellence, regardless of demographics or any other factor.

In 2009, the school was among 261 named California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education (CDE).

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