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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Some of the best public high schools in America are on the Eastside

That's what Newsweek magazine determined in this year' ranking of the nation's top 1,500 public high schools. An official with LAUSD praised Eagle Rock High for making the list at No. 383. But the 30 Los Angeles schools that were cited also included several other area campuses, some of which have been better known for their academic weaknesses than strengths.

The other schools on the list include Marshall, No. 852, Wilson, No. 1213, and Garfield, No. 1372.

The top ranked Eastside school was the High School for the Arts in El Sereno, which came in at No. 310. Two magnet schools also made the list, Bravo Medical in Boyle Heights, No, 465, and Downtown Business Magnet, near Angeleno Heights, at 469.

How are the rankings determined? The magazine explains: "The number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors."

Photo from John Marshall Senior High School website


  1. Eagle Rock beat out many "richer" schools like Arcadia and Beverly Hills...they really push their performing students to take ALL the assessment tests possible. For example my son is a graduate of the highly gifted magnet at ER and has been taking 3 AP classes for each of the last two years; he's been taking the PSAT since 7th grade.

  2. LACountyHiSchArts(lachsa) is an accomplished school. best music programs. theater. dance.

    they are on the Cal state campus. some of the best students in the county.

    good for them.

    i wonder how the new LAUSD arts high will compare...

  3. But the # of graduating Sr.s should be compared to the number who started in the class 4 years earlier.