City News Service
La Jolla High and UCSD Preuss School were among the San Diego County high schools in the United States for providing their students access to honors classes, according to an annual report released Wednesday.
The Preuss School at UC San Diego led the way, ranking 24th on the High School Challenge list compiled by The Washington Post. La Jolla ranked 216.
The School of International Studies at San Diego High ranked 89th, Torrey Pines High School came in at No. 110, and Canyon Crest Academy was 193rd.
The list, which up to this year was published by Newsweek magazine, ranked 1,910 high schools. Education columnist Jay Mathews took the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year and divided it by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June.
The method rewards schools that offer honors classes to regular students who are willing to work hard. He does not factor in the results of the tests in order to weed out schools that stack such classes with only the best pupils.
According to Mathews, a 1-1 ratio of tests to graduating seniors is a reasonable expectation, but only 7 percent of around 27,000 public high schools around the nation met that mark.
Other area high schools in the top 500 include Westview, 253; Point Loma, 266; University City, 277; Coronado, 401; La Costa Canyon, 402; Eastlake, 434; and San Pasqual, 480.
The San Diego Unified School District had 14 campuses on this list.
"This is one of many measures that show the excellence of schools in the San Diego Unified School District," Superintendent Bill Kowba said. "Every student, teacher and staff member at these schools deserves a hearty