U.S. News & World Report has released its annual list of the nation's best public schools with Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon ranked in the "Top 100 Best High Schools in California."
In its report published April 21, the magazine ranked Dougherty Valley at No. 67 in California and No. 334 nationally.
In its other rankings, U.S. News & World Report had San Ramon Valley High School in Danville at No. 104 in California and No. 476 nationally, California High School in San Ramon at No. 199 in the state and No. 947 nationally, and Monte Vista High School in Danville at No. 236 in California and No. 1,087 nationally.
Dougherty Valley and San Ramon Valley were recognized as a Gold Medal high school, and California and Monte Vista have been recognized as a Silver Medal high school. Medals are awarded to high schools based on their College Readiness Index (CRI) value.
This year, high schools with a CRI value of 47.08 or higher received a gold medal. In order to receive a silver medal, a high school had to have a CRI value minimum of 18.17, according to the magazine's ranking methodology.
Dougherty Valley received a CPI value of 54.9, San Ramon Valley with 47.9, Cal High with 35.9, and Monte Vista with 33.3. CPI values were based on the percentages of 12th graders who were tested and passed Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.
"Our high schools have a fabulous reputation as some of the very best in the state and country, and this, as well as other recent news, testify to that," said Superintendent Mary Shelton. "Our graduation rates increased and our dropout rates decreased, despite our district seeing a continued increase in enrollment. This is a very difficult thing to do for an already high-achieving district, and I am very proud of all of our schools."
San Ramon Valley Unified School District rankings can be found at the magazine's website.
Elsewhere in the Tri-Valley, Pleasanton's Amador Valley High ranked No. 46 in the state and No. 256 in the U.S. and Foothill High came in at No. 64 in California and No. 327 in the country.
Dublin High School ranked No. 237 in the state and No. 1091 in the country.
Granada High School in Livermore ranked No. 249 in the state and No. 1,139 nationally, with Livermore High ranking No. 345 statewide and No. 1,537 nationally.
Rankings were calculated by looking at student performance on state-mandated standardized tests, how effectively schools educated black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students, and performance on AP and IB exams to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work, according to U.S. News' methodology.
Data were collected from more than 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and almost 600 California high schools were ranked on the list.