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SPHS Ranks No. 421 in Country

Rankings for public high schools across the country were released Tuesday. See how South Pas fared and what determined its ranking.

ranked 79 in California and 421 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World's "Best High Schools" report released Tuesday. 

The rankings are developed in conjunction with the Washington-based American Institutes for Research and are determined using math and English proficiency, college readiness and the ratio of students to teachers.

Nearly 22,000 schools in 49 states were analyzed over the 2009-10 school year.

SPHS's full academic information is as follows:

  • National Rank: 421
  • State Rank: 79
  • College Readiness Index: 48.5
  • Academic Performance Index: 879
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 26:1

Here's how other local schools fared: 

San Marino High School

  • National Rank: 224
  • State Rank: 42
  • College Readiness Index: 58
  • Academic Performance Index: 929
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 23:1

La Canada High School

  • National Rank: 213
  • State Rank: 39
  • College Readiness Index: 58.9
  • Academic Performance Index: 915
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 26:1

A three-step process was used to determine the Best High Schools, U.S. News explained

  • Step 1: Were each school’s students performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state?
  • Step 2: Were the school's least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic, and low-income) performing better than average for similar students in the state?
  • Step 3: Are a school’s students college-ready?

See the full methodology for how rankings were determined here.

Some educators have called into question the statistics used to determine the survey. In fact, one Nevada principal, whose school ranks 13th in the nation, told the Las Vegas Sun some of the information used was inaccurate.

This year's "Best High Schools" report, available exclusively online, is U.S. News & World Report's fourth edition.

Patch Asks: What do you think of South Pasadena's ranking? Do you think U.S. News & World Report evaluated public high schools fairly? Tell us in the comments.

Kelly Finley May 09, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I think when you focus primarily on a score, education becomes only focused on one small indicator of whether our children are indeed learning and more importantly succeeding in preparing for the future.
Just My Opinion May 20, 2012 at 11:13 PM
According to Newsweek...San Marino is #127, La Canada is #128, Temple City is #442, and Mark Keppel is #592. And So. Pas. isn't even listed in the top 1000! But, then again, Arcadia isn't listed either :)
Just My Opinion May 20, 2012 at 11:14 PM
But we all know..;..So. Pas. is #1

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