Local high schools get high ranks

LA QUINTA HIGH SCHOOL is rated 67th in the state, according to U.S. News and World Report. That’s the top ranking in The Tribune’s coverage area (File photo).

The annual U.S. News and World Report ranking of  “Best High Schools” is out, and many local schools are high up in the evaluations.

La Quinta High of Westminster, part of the Garden Grove Unified School District, is rated 67th in the state and 511th nationally out of 17,000 evaluated across the U.S.

That makes the Aztec campus the fifth-highest scoring in Orange County.

In the GGUSD, three schools landed in the top 200 in California, being LQHS, Garden Grove High  (177th) and Pacifica (183rd). In the Huntington Beach Union High School District, Fountain Valley High is 114th in the state.

Orange County’s top-rated schools are Oxford Academy of Cypress, Troy High of Fullerton, Orange County School of Performing Arts of Santa Ana, University High of Irvine and LQHS.

The rankings are based on state math and reading exams, college readiness including Advanced Placement success, graduation rates and the performance of “underserved” students.

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