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SMHS Ranked in Top 50 Toughest Schools in California

San Marino High School was ranked among the most challenging public high schools in the United States, according to annual rankings by the ‘Washington Post.’

Does your teenager complain about classes and homework at San Marino High School? 

Believe it or not, he or she might be justified in griping.

According to annual rankings created by the Washington Post, San Marino High School is among the most challenging public high schools in the country. In California, it ranks No. 44, after high schools in Pasadena, Cypress, Los Angeles, La Canada Flintridge and Cerritos, among other communities. 

Washington Post columnist Jay Mathews has rated public high schools around the country for the past 15 years based on something called the “Challenge Index,” according to the release. The index takes the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at the school that year and divides it by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June. 

“With a few exceptions, public schools that achieved a ratio of at least 1.000, meaning they had as many tests in 2012 as they had graduates, were put on the national list at washingtonpost.com/highschoolchallenge,” Mathews explains in a Washington Post story. Before posting the list, he also filters out magnet or charter high schools that have few average-performing students.

This year, only 9 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools were included on the list, according to Mathews.

Carol Campbell April 26, 2013 at 11:12 AM
My brother and I graduated from San Marino High School in 1974/1977. My son graduated from there in 2011. My daughter is a junior there. She is bright and tutors on the side. My son is a United States Army Ranger who made it all the way through in a year and a half of training. He will attend college after his contract is up. It's the parents and community that the school district relies on. The PTA is so powerful, San Marino Rotary and San Marino City Club all contribute to the district's success as well as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, athletic support and determined parents who have their children tutored. The whole small city stands behind the District and always passes measures to keep monies intact.

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