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The Best School in North State

The annual ranking of "Best High School in America" by U.S. News & World Report just released its annual list of best high schools in the country for 2017, ranking the schools on a national and a state level. Spotlighting outstanding public high schools throughout the country, the rankings are based on academic performance, graduation rates and how well the schools prepare students for college-level courses. U-Prep was ranked #263 in the nation, #41 in California and #75 among charter schools, earning a Gold Medal for the 3rd time in history.

The 2017 rankings of best high schools identify the top-performing public schools using data on about 22,000 high schools. To be considered among the best, high schools had to pass a rigorous four-step process that sought to determine whether a school was serving all of its students and not just those who are college bound.

The first step determined whether students at a particular school were performing better than statistically expected for students in that state, factoring in percentages of economically disadvantaged students to identify schools. Schools that passed this step then moved on to step two, which assessed whether disadvantaged students performed at or better than state averages for the least-advantaged students.

For the next two steps, U.S. News looked at graduation rates and college readiness performance. To pass step three, high schools had to have a graduation rate of 75 percent or greater. For the 2017 rankings, the graduation rate reflect students who entered the ninth grade in the 2011-2012 school year. Finally, U.S. News calculated a college readiness index, which was the number of 12th graders who took and passed at least one AP test, divided by the number of 12th graders at that school.

To be ranked numerically nationally, schools had to pass steps 1-3 and have a college readiness index (CRI) of 20.91 or above. The top 500 schools were awarded gold medals, 2,109 schools received silver medals and the remaining 3,432 schools received bronze medals. Schools that received bronze medals passed the first three steps but were not ranked numerically in the national rankings. The state rankings were based on whether a high school received a gold, silver or a bronze medal and had a CRI value of 10 or higher.

As in the past years, U-Prep was the only school that received Gold Medal in the North State, continuting to stay in the top 2% of all high schools nationwide. This is a recognition attained through the team effort of students, staff, and the whole school-community. Congratulations to all U-Prep families! Go Panthers!

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  • April 2017

  • April 1 – Senior Class Rummage Sale

  • April 1-3 – CASL Field Trip-San Jose

  • April 4 – Open House

  • April 4 – Humboldt State Choir Visit

  • April 7-9 – Dance Team Competition-Sacramento

  • April 9-14 – Yosemite Program

  • April 10-17 – Spring Break

  • April 17 – Staff Development Day

  • April 19-21 – Sophomore Class Trip to Oregon

  • April 19 – Day in the Life of a 6th Grader, 6th Grade Social and Math Assessment

  • April 22 – Junior/Senior Prom

  • April 26-May 2 – Science Bowl to Washington, D.C.

  • April 28-30 – Last Dance team competition

  • April 28-30 – AP Retreat