The magazine and website ranked all seven high schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District in the second-highest category of academic excellence.
Also scoring silver medal honors were Westminster High School and Western High School of Anaheim, which serves portions of Stanton.
The magazine examined nearly 21,000 public high schools in 49 states plus the District of Columbia using data from the 2010-11 school year. In the national rankings, the 4,765 schools that did the best in this review received either gold, silver, or bronze medals.
All seven GGUSD comprehensive high schools repeated with silver medals, placing them with the nation’s finest, according to the magazine’s analysis.
Among GGUSD high schools, La Quinta High School ranked the highest nationally at 808 followed by Garden Grove High, 882; Pacifica High, 1,004; Santiago High, 1,116; Bolsa Grande High, 1,121; Rancho Alamitos High, 1,290; and Los Amigos High, 1,317.
Westminster was at 1769 nationally, with Western at 1797.
Of the 2,039 public high schools in the state, just 501 earned medals, and only gold or silver schools were eligible for a state ranking in California. La Quinta High School was 165 in the state rankings followed by Garden Grove High, 181; Pacifica High, 212; Santiago High, 244; Bolsa Grande High, 248; Rancho Alamitos High, 296; and Los Amigos High, 300.
Westminster was 408th and Western 412th.
.The magazine used a three-step process to determine the best in its rankings of U.S. public high schools. The first step determined whether each school’s students were performing better than expected for the average student in the state.
The second step determined whether the school’s least-advantaged students were performing better than their statewide peers in math and reading proficiency.
For those schools that made it past the first two steps, a third step assessed the degree to which schools prepared students for college-level work using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as benchmarks for success.
Schools ranked 1 to 500 nationally were in the gold medal category. The next group, ranked 501 to 2,290, were silver medal winners. The balance of the top schools, an additional 2,515 campuses, were awarded bronze medals.