US News & World Report Ranks Corona’s Santiago High School in Top 200 of 22,000 Nationally
US News & World Report released its 2012 list of Best High Schools in the nation May 8, and Santiago High School in Corona was ranked 194th in the nation and 34th in the state of California, receiving the ‘gold medal’ honor.
Three other top-performing CNUSD high schools were nationally recognized: Corona High School is 1356th, Centennial High School is 1450th, and Eleanor Roosevelt High School is 1747th.
The 2012 US News rankings include data from nearly 22,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia.
US News partnered with American Institutes for Research (AIR), to determine the top-performing high schools in the country. Schools were first analyzed at the state level in terms of how well students performed on assessments, taking into account the scores of disadvantaged students who tend to score lower on tests.
High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally, in terms of college readiness. US News determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by evaluating student success in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.
“We have a very conscientious and nurturing staff that believes in relationships, motivation and mentorship,” said Santiago High School principal Reginald Thompkins. “Our teachers are motivating students to challenge themselves.”
This culture is evident in the 400 additional Advanced Placement (AP) tests Santiago ordered this year compared to last, and the recent growth of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program despite budget cuts. Seventy percent of Santiago’s 2012 senior class will graduate eligible to attend college.
“We are very excited and feel we are ahead of the curve with regard to the focus on college and career readiness,” said Thompkins.
Thompkins looks forward to Santiago continuing to create and support an innovative instructional environment where “nothing is out of bounds in terms of servicing students.”
For more information about the Corona-Norco Unified School District, please visit www.cnusd.k12.ca.us. To view the full list of US News & World Report’s 2012 Best High Schools, please visit http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings.