and were named among 4,850 elite public high schools in state and national rankings released this week by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Fountain Valley was ranked No. 945 nationally, and No. 183 in Calfornia, while Los Amigos ranked No. 1,150 nationally and No. 231 in California. The rankings for both schools were high enough to earn the magazine's silver medal designation.
The magazine used a three-step process to determine the best in its rankings of nearly 22,000 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 2,008, were silver medal winners. The balance of the top schools, an additional 2,869 campuses, were awarded bronze medals.