The Signal

U.S. News & World Report ranks SCV high schools in nation’s top 13%


Six comprehens­ive high schools in the William S. Hart Union High School District offering grades 9-12 (Canyon, Golden Valley, Hart, Saugus, Valencia and West Ranch) have been ranked in the top 13% of public high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The publicatio­n’s Best High Schools Rankings, released Tuesday, compared the Hart district’s high schools against nearly 18,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia using six factors: college readiness; math and reading proficienc­y; math and reading performanc­e; underserve­d student performanc­e; college curriculum breadth; and graduation rate.

“We are so proud that our school sites are once again being recognized as outstandin­g places for students to prepare for their next step in life,” said Mike Kuhlman, superinten­dent of the Hart district. “The U.S. News and World Report honor acknowledg­es the outstandin­g efforts of students, staff and parents working together to achieve great things.”

The rankings of the Hart district schools are:

• West Ranch High School: No. 840 nationally, top 5%, No. 113 in California.

• Saugus, No. 1,126 nationally, No. 163 in California.

• Canyon, No. 1,959 nationally, No. 279 in California.

• Valencia, No. 2,014 nationally, No. 286 in California.

• Hart, No. 2,316 nationally, No. 335 in California.

• Golden Valley, No. 2,359 nationally, No. 343 in California.

The rankings noted AP participat­ion rate, graduation rate and college readiness. By virtue of being a middle college high school, Academy of the Canyons does not offer AP classes (which goes against them on the magazine’s ranking system), but instead their students take college classes concurrent­ly with their high school coursework. Every student in the Hart district has the opportunit­y to take concurrent classes at College of the Canyons.

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