U.S. News & World Report magazine has ranked nearly 18,000 public high schools based on their state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. Approximately 16 Orange County campuses can be found high on the list.
Beckman High School in the Tustin Unified School District took the No. 108 spot for all of California and was ranked No. 796 nationally (among top 1,000 high schools) in U.S. News' latest breakdown of its "Best High Schools."
News outlets develop their own methodologies to rank schools and colleges. U.S. News works with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm, and examines a handful of indicators, including student participation in AP and International Baccalaureate exams, performance on math and reading tests, the performance of underserved populations and graduation rates.
According to the publication, "The highest ranked U.S. public schools are those whose students demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math and reading state assessments, earned qualifying scores in an array of college-level exams, and graduated in high proportions."
The report includes a searchable database of more than 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.