Saturday, June 20, 2009

Madison Joins "America's Best High Schools" List

Newsweek’s Annual Rankings Recognize College Test Success; 12 San Diego Unified Schools Included
Out of about 20,000 high schools in America, Newsweek magazine has selected 12 San Diego Unified schools as being among the best, with the Preuss UCSD charter coming in as No. 10 in the nation. The recently revised list now includes Madison High School, which originally was not ranked.

The 2009 list (as of June 19) includes the following SDUSD schools ( with rankings): 10, Preuss UCSD; 60, San Diego High School for International Studies; 243, La Jolla; 298, University City; 305, Serra; 345, Mira Mesa; 411, Scripps Ranch; 486, Henry; 513, Point Loma; 587, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts; 1,215, Clairemont; 1,311, Madison.

The rankings can change over time, as schools appeal their location. Madison's staff contacted Newsweek and were added to the list.

"This is a significant showing by a group of very fine schools," said Superintendent Terry Grier. "It is a testimonial not only to the hard working teachers and staff, but the students who excel."

The Newsweek rankings are based on students' success with Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests. High school students passing these tests can receive college credit as a result.

Newsweek's scores are determined by dividing the number of tests taken at a school by the number of graduating seniors. The magazine ranked the top 1,478 public high schools.

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