California schools found themselves a slim percentage point behind peers in the lovely state of Maine while some familiar local names shouldered their way onto this year’s U.S. News and World Report “Best High Schools” ranking, released by the magazine’s offices Thursday.
The Golden State may have landed a slim second behind Maine based on the unrounded percentages of schools coming away with gold or silver medals this year, but the state’s historic appetite for gold appears intact as California schools led the way with 105 gold medal awards. The honor is bestowed on schools whose students participate in and achieve passing scores on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. By comparison, New York schools came away with 55 gold medals. Texas had 54.
Schools in Lamorinda, Walnut Creek, and Danville all made the list of top schools statewide, with Campolindo High School of Moraga leading the Scholastic Gold Rush with a medal and a 20th Place ranking among the state’s scholastic elite. Miramonte High School of Orinda was ranked 43rd in the state and also received a gold medal, as did Acalanes High School in Lafayette, which came in 48th.
Walnut Creek’s Las Lomas High School also found gold, placing 86th on the Top 100 Statewide list. Monte Vista High in Danville had to settle for a silver medal standing, finishing 236th among schools statewide.