Seven of the 10 public high schools serving the Garden Grove-Stanton-Westminster area have been named among “The Best in the Nation” by U.S. News & World Report.
While none of the local schools won gold honors – the top 100 – five were given silver medal status and two bronze.
Silver winners were (in alphabetical order) Bolsa Grande High School, Garden Grove High School, La Quinta High School, Los Amigos High School and Santiago High School.
Honored with bronze medal status were Rancho Alamitos High School and Western High School.
Six of the seven comprehensive high schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District made the list, the best performance of any district in Orange County.
The magazine released its rankings on Thursday. It rates schools based on a variety of factors, with the heaviest weight going to “college readiness,” referring to the number of students who take and pass classes in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate subjects which give college credit.
Also factored in are scores on statewide performance test and other measures.
Adjustments are made based on the typical performance gap among disadvantaged students and those living in poverty.
The only Orange County school to get to gold medal status was Oxford Academy of Cypress.
Silver medal status also went to Beckman (Tustin), Corona del Mar (Newport Beach), Cypress, Foothill (Tustin), Northwood (Irvine), Segerstrom (Santa Ana), Sunny Hills (Buena Park), University (Irvine) and Troy (Fullerton).
Bronze medal honors went to Anaheim High.