In its annual ranking of what it calls the nation's best public high schools, U.S. News and World Report has listed seven Bay Area schools among the top 100.
Pacific Collegiate School in Santa Cruz ranked No. 8, Dublin High in Dublin ranked No. 12, Lowell High in San Francisco ranked No. 51, Mission San Jose High in Fremont ranked No. 67, American Indian Public High in Oakland ranked No. 71, Summit Preparatory High in Redwood City ranked No. 81 and Monta Vista in Cupertino ranked No. 97.
For nearly 22,000 schools, the magazine looked into whether the student body as a whole, as well as certain minority groups, performed better than statistical expectations. Then the magazine compiled a "college readiness index" based on participation in advanced placement and international baccalaureate classes and students' performance on AP and IB tests.
The top 4,877 schools were listed as gold, silver or bronze winners. Scores were based on 12th-grade students in the 2009-2010 academic year.
Pacific Collegiate and Dublin, along with 24 other high schools, achieved the maximum 100 college readiness index.
To see the complete listing, and also rankings by state, go to www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings/national-rankings.
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