Two of the six schools at San Diego High made the list: International Studies, and Science and Technology. Other schools on the list are Pt. Loma, Scripps Ranch, University City, Mira Mesa, Serra, Crawford CHAMPS and Clairemont. Preuss UCSD charter also made the list.
The newspaper ranks schools based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests taken by its students, compared to the number of students at the school. In addition, school staff must complete a survey with the information to be included on the list.
There are more than 22,000 high schools in the nation; according to the newspaper, fewer than nine percent are on the list of Most Challenging High Schools. These tests are neither required nor funded by most schools; since they cost extra, schools in California cannot require students to take them.
"It's very important that we challenge our students to achieve," said Superintendent Bill Kowba. "Inclusion on this list means that these schools are doing a great job of motivating their students to do better."
The schools and their ranking:
- Preuss UCSD, 25
- School of International Studies, San Diego High, 171
- Pt. Loma High, 469
- Scripps Ranch, 560
- University City, 918
- Mira Mesa, 1,056
- Serra, 1,159
- CHAMPS (Community Health and Medical Practices), Crawford, 1,158
- School of Science and Technology, San Diego High, 1,678
- Clairemont, 1,725