Newsweek Ranks SMHS #127 in Nation

San Marino High School was ranked in Newsweek’s most recent list of the 1,000 best public schools in the nation based on six criteria. What do you think of SMHS’s ranking?

In the latest evaluation of public high schools, Newsweek released its rankings of the top 1,000 public high schools in the United States Monday and San Marino made the cut.

“The schools that made our top 1,000 tend to be relatively small and concentrated in metropolitan areas,” reported The Daily Beast, who noted that 74 percent have fewer than 2,000 students and more than one quarter are located in or near New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles.

was ranked #127 in the U.S. by Newsweek, based on six components provided by school administrators:

  • Graduation rate (25 percent)
  • AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent)
  • College matriculation rate (25 percent)
  • Average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent)
  • Average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent)
  • AP courses offered per student (5 percent)

Here is how San Marino High School stacked up in Newsweek's criteria:

  • Grad rate: 100%
  • AP/IB tests given per student: .7
  • College-bound: 99%
  • Average SAT score: 1870
  • Average ACT score: 27.2
  • Average AP score: 3.9

In comparison, San Marino High School came in just above nearby La Cañada High School, which was ranked #128, though the average SAT score at LCHS was 20 points higher than the average SAT score at San Marino High School.

The La Cañada Unified School District earned the second highest .

The Newsweek list places San Marino High School in a better spot than the .

What do you think of Newsweek’s ranking of San Marino High School? Do you take the ranking seriously?


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