LBUSD High Schools rank among Newsweek’s 2009 “America’s Top”

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lbusdSix Long Beach Unified School District high schools are listed among Newsweek’s 2009 rankings of America’s Top High Schools.

Making a repeat appearance on the list are Avalon, the California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Polytechnic High School, Wilson Classical High School and Millikan High School. Making the list for the first time is Lakewood High School.

Inclusion in the Newsweek list places honorees among the top 6 percent of all high schools nationwide, a remarkable distinction earned by 60 percent of LBUSD high schools.

The rankings are:

 357: California Academy of Mathematics and Science
 741: Wilson Classical High School
 840: Polytechnic High School
1098: Avalon High School
1251: Millikan High School
1382: Lakewood High School

LBUSD High Schools surpass other well respected schools such as nearby Los Alamitos High School, even while LBUSD serves a more challenging student population. CAMS, Wilson and Poly all out-rank Los Alamitos. The percentage of disadvantaged students – those receiving free or reduced-price lunches (noted as “subs. lunch” in the rankings) – is 38 percent, 47 percent and 58 percent respectively at CAMS, Wilson and Poly. By comparison, only 7 percent of Los Alamitos students receive free and reduced lunches. LBUSD’s Millikan High School reports the highest percentage of free and reduced-price lunches among LBUSD’s ranked high schools, at 59 percent, yet Millikan has now made the Newsweek list for two straight years.

Newsweek ranks public schools according to a ratio devised by reporter Jay Mathews: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors.

Visit www.newsweek.com for more information.

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