GGUSD high schools are now “elite”

LA QUINTA High School student finalists for the school’s Aztec of the Year award pose for a photo outside of the school.  La Quinta High School ranked No. 94 nationally in the U.S. News and World Report Best High School rankings.  The Aztec of the Year award recognizes students for overall excellence in representing the school values, character, and spirit (GGUSD photo).

All seven of Garden Grove Unified School District’s comprehensive high schools earned a spot on the U.S. News and World Report’s elite rankings of America’s Best High Schools in 2018.

U.S. News and World Report analyzes the data of more than 20,000 public high schools across the country and awards gold, silver, or bronze medals to the top 5,948 public high schools based on performance on state assessments, graduation rates, and college readiness success.  GGUSD high schools, including Bolsa Grande; Garden Grove; Los Amigos; La Quinta; Pacifica; Rancho Alamitos; and Santiago; received a top state and national rank and a silver medal, awarded to the top 2,211 high schools.  For the first time, La Quinta High School ranked in the top 100 high schools in the state as No. 94 statewide and No. 554 nationally.

“We are so proud of GGUSD schools for being recognized among our country’s very best high schools,” said Lan Nguyen, Board of Education vice president.  “Our commitment to student success has produced powerful results making GGUSD a leader in academic excellence and college readiness.  We are pleased to provide our community with exceptional high schools.”

GGUSD high schools rank in the top 11 percent of high schools across the nation, with all seven of its high schools earning a rank in the top 2,200 of 20,000.  Among Orange County school districts, GGUSD has the most schools on the elite list.


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