So when U.S. News & World Report ranked more than 20,500 public high schools across the country, it wasn't a surprise that Preuss rose near the top to be named the 76th best high school in the country, sixth in California, and the highest-ranked high school in San Diego County.
Prairie Grove High School placed fourth in the state, and Bentonville High School ranked at No. 5.
The national publication released its annual rankings of the nation's high schools, which included national and state lists.
Schools also must have a minimum graduation rate of 80 percent to qualify for the rankings, and added weight is given based on the number of students who complete Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. About 11 percent of the schools ranked earned silver medals. "It's been a good year".
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Ottawa Hills was ranked 258 nationally out of 20,548 high schools.
Ocean Springs, second place Lewisburg High School - which was the state's top-ranked school a year ago - and third place Petal High School were the only MS schools to earn silver medal status and given a national ranking. "I congratulate the students, teachers and staff of these schools for blazing a path of excellence". Northside College Prep came in second and Lane Tech High School took the third spot. The rankings are based on the school's performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college.
Located near Palmdale Road on the west end of Victorville, Cobalt earned the magazine's gold medal award and was ranked 83rd in the state and 486th in the nation by U.S. News. The year before that, they received a Bronze medal.
Cobalt Institute of Math and Science along with University Preparatory School, both in the Victor Valley Union High School District, were ranked highest in the region, according to U.S. News on Wednesday.