Sir Francis Drake high school in San Anselmo ranked one of the best in the nation!

SAN ANSELMO, CA — Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo is among the best high schools in America, U.S. News & World Report said Tuesday in its most comprehensive ranking yet of the nation’s high schools. More than 17,000 schools are ranked, an increase from 2,700 last year.
Sir Francis Drake High ranked 1,063rd nationally and 163rd among California schools in the 2019 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings. One of five schools in the Tamalpais Union High School District, Sir Francis Drake High offers Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and exams and has a 70-percent AP participation rate and a 98-percent graduation rate.
Here’s how the other Tamalpais Union high schools scored in the state rankings:
Redwood High Tamalpais High (97) Tamiscal High (104) San Andreas High (unranked) Here are the top-10 ranked schools in California:
Whitney High School, Cerritos Oxford Academy, Cypress Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy, Gilroy Pacific Collegiate Charter, Santa Cruz California Academy of Mathematics and Science, Carson Lowell High School, San Francisco Preuss School UCSD, La Jolla Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy, Wilmington Western Center Academy, Hemet University High School, Fresno Overall, California high schools graduate 94.9 percent of students, with 395 of California’s high school among the top 25 percent when it comes to graduation rates.
U.S. News & World Report is the gold standard for education rankings and is widely considered the global authority. Anita Narayan, managing editor of education at U.S. News, said the aim of the rankings is to give families more information about the schools in their district.
“By evaluating more schools than ever before, the new edition expands that focus so all communities can see which schools in their area are successfully serving their students — including historically underserved populations,” Narayan said in a news release.
The factors considered in compiling the list include college readiness; reading and math proficiency; reading and math performance; underserved student performance; college curriculum breadth; and graduation rates. College readiness measures participation and performance on advanced placement and international baccalaureate exams.
The data also take into account school enrollment, student diversity, participation in free and reduced-price meal programs, graduation rates and the results of state assessment tests. U.S. News worked with the global research firm RTI International to rank the schools.
“We enhanced the methodology to provide an even more comprehensive ranking that is easier to understand and, therefore, more useful to parents and educators,” Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News, said in a news release. “Now, each school’s score correlates to its national percentile — a school with a score of 70 is in the 70th percentile and ranks higher than 70 percent of schools. Going forward, this methodology will allow for intuitive comparisons of a school’s performance year after year.”
The top 10 schools are in 10 different states, demonstrating that a high-quality education can be found across the country, the report said. Those schools are:
Academic Magnet High School, South Carolina Maine School of Science and Mathematics BASIS Scottsdale, Arizona Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Virginia Central Magnet School, Tennessee Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Georgia Haas Hall Academy, Arkansas International Academy of Macomb, Michigan Payton College Preparatory High School, Illinois Signature School, Indiana Several of those schools also were included among rankings for specialized schools.
The top five schools nationally for an education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM schools, are:
High Technology High School, New Jersey BASIS Scottsdale, Arizona BASIS Peoria, Arizona Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Georgia The Early College at Guilford, North Carolina Charter and magnet schools performed well in the rankings, U.S. News said. Within the top 5 percent of ranked schools, a third are either charter or magnet. In the national rankings, more than 18 percent are charter schools, and 15 percent are magnet schools.
Arizona had three of the top five charter high schools in the country. They are:
BASIS Scottsdale, Arizona Haas Hall Academy, Arkansas Signature Academy, Indiana BASIS Chandler, Arizona BASIS Peoria, Arizona The top five magnet high schools are:
Academic Magnet High School, South Carolina Maine School of Science and Mathematics Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Virginia Central Magnet School, Tennessee International Academy of Macomb, Michigan In the state-by-state performance, based on the number of high schools in the top 25 percent of national rankings, Massachusetts was the leader. This year, nearly half — 48.8 percent — of the commonwealth’s high schools were ranked in the top 25 percent of high schools. Maryland was second with 43.7 percent, followed by California, with 40 percent, and Connecticut, with 39.8 percent in the top 25 percent of schools ranked nationally.
Overall, only seven states had more than a third of their schools in the top 25 percent, and 20 states had 25 percent or more of their schools in the top 25 percent.
On the other end of the spectrum, 22 states had fewer than 20 percent of their high schools in the top 25 percent, and seven had fewer than 10 percent of schools in the top tier. South Dakota’s schools finished at the bottom of the list since it was the only state that didn’t give U.S. News permission to use advanced placement data in the rankings. Even so, 1.9 percent of South Dakota’s schools finished in the top 25 percent of rankings.
The full list is available exclusively on usnews.com.
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