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Three Charter Public Schools Received Top Honors in State and National Rankings by U.S. News & World Report

September 2, 2023

LOS ANGELES  Three charter public high schools in large urban school districts received top honors from  U.S. News & World Report, earning spots in both the top 100 Best High Schools in California and the top 100 Best High Schools in the U.S. for 2023-2024.

The three charter public high schools are: 

·       Preuss School UCSD, San Diego
State ranking: #6
U.S. ranking: #71 

·       University High School, Fresno
State ranking: #7
U.S. ranking: #79

·       Pacific Collegiate Charter, Santa Cruz
State ranking: #9
U.S. ranking: #82

“CCSA congratulates each of the schools that have made each list for their positive impacts on their students and communities,” said Myrna Castrejón, President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA). “Charter public schools offer the personal attention, creativity, and passionate teaching students need to succeed academically. Charter schools provide families and students across the state options with creative programs and mission-driven environments for learning and belonging that are fully public – free, accountable, and responsive to community needs.”  

U.S. News & World Report releases its annual rankings around this time as most schools are back in session. It analyzed 17,680 out of nearly 25,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The rankings are determined by six factors: college readiness, state assessment proficiency, state assessment performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rate. 

When analyzing all the high schools in the Golden State, those three charters, along with 24 other charter public high schools, secured rankings in California’s top 100 Best High Schools list.

The following are the charter public schools listed in U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools in California:

·       Preuss School UCSD (San Diego, #6)

·       University High School (Fresno, #7)

·       Pacific Collegiate Charter (Santa Cruz, #9)

·       Western Center Academy (Hemet, #12)

·       Hawthorne Math and Science Academy (Hawthorne, #17)

·       Stockton Unified Early College Academy (Stockton, #18)

·       University Preparatory Academy Charter (San Jose, #26)

·       Lennox Mathematics, Science and Technology Academy (Lennox, #33)

·       Orange County School of the Arts (Santa Ana, #38)

·       Stockton Collegiate International Secondary (Stockton, #41)

·       American Indian Public High School (Oakland, #43)

·       Western Sierra Collegiate Academy (Rocklin, #44)

·       University Preparatory (Redding, #48)

·       Magnolia Science Academy Santa Ana (Santa Ana, #49)

·       KIPP San Jose Collegiate (San Jose, #50)

·       Summit Shasta (Daly City, #55)

·       Alliance Ted K. Tajima High School (Los Angeles, #59)

·       Alliance Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science (Los Angeles, #66)

·       Redwood Academy of Ukiah (Ukiah, #69)

·       Oakland Charter High School (Oakland, #71)

·       KIPP King Collegiate High School (San Lorenzo, #78)

·       Alliance Gertz-Ressler Richard Merkin 6-12 Complex (Los Angeles, #82)

·       Math and Science College Preparatory (Los Angeles, #83)

·       Animo Inglewood Charter High School (Inglewood, #85)

·       Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy (Oakland, #92)

·       KIPP San Francisco College Preparatory (San Francisco, #95)

·       Alliance Judy Ivie Burton Technology Academy High School (Los Angeles, #99)


About the California Charter Schools Association

The vision of the California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) is to build great public schools of joy and rigor that prepare all California students for success in college, career, community, and life. The mission of CCSA is to meet parent, educator, and community need for great public school options by supporting and advocating for high quality non-profit charter schools and sharing their success throughout California’s public schools. Learn more.