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These are California’s top 10 high schools, according to US News

When it comes to the top in the., is home to some of the best, according to a new report.

‘s annual “Best High School Rankings” for 2024 was just released, reviewing more than 24,000 public high schools in all 50 states. Analysts categorized schools based on factors including state assessments, graduation rates, and college readiness, according to the report. 


California had a total of 11 schools in the top 100 – with one ranking in the top 10. That prestigious honor goes to STEM Academy, which placed No. 10.

Two schools in – Whitney High School in and Science Academy Stem Magnet in – landed in second and third place in the state, respectively.

Here’s the full list of top 10 public high schools in California, according to the report:

  1. Riverside Stem Academy (Riverside)
  2. Whitney High School (Cerritos)
  3. Science Academy Stem Magnet (North Hollywood)
  4. Oxford Academy
  5. California Academy of Mathematics and Science
  6. Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy )
  7. Lowell High School (San Francisco)
  8. Pacific Collegiate Charter (Santa Cruz)
  9. Lynbrook High School (San Jose)
  10. Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early Academy College (Gilroy)

Nationwide,and ranked with the most high schools in the top 100 with 12, while California had 11.

You can see the full study by