O.C. Register Ranks 64 High Schools
Sunday, May 31st, the Orange County Register published another in a series of articles on education in Orange County. This time, in a group of articles written by Fermin Leal and Scott Martindale, it ranked 64 comprehensive diverse high schools from 15 school districts using a variety of measurements. I'm not going to try to paraphrase the article(s) but you can begin reading them HERE.
KUDOS TO THE TOP TEN
The top ten high schools listed in this study were, in order:
1 - Oxford Academy, Cypress(Anaheim Unified District)
2 - Troy High, Fullerton
3 - Northwood High, Irvine
4 - University High, Irvine
5 - Los Alamitos High, Los Alamitos
6 - O.C. High School of the Arts, Santa Ana
7 - Sunny Hills High, Fullerton
8 - Edison High, Huntington Beach
9 - Middle College High, Santa Ana
10-Laguna Beach High, Laguna Beach
NEWPORT-MESA NEXT TO LAST
To pique your interest I will tell you that, based on the rankings provided in this series, of the 15 school districts listed, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District ranked fourteenth, just ahead of Santa Ana.
OUR HIGH SCHOOLS RANKINGS
The four high schools in the Newport-Mesa District were ranked as follows out of the 64 schools in this study:
Corona Del Mar - 16
Newport Harbor - 42
Estancia - 58
Costa Mesa - 60
NOT QUITE THE BOTTOM - BUT CLOSE
Only four high schools in Santa Ana finished lower than Costa Mesa High School, with Orange High School sandwiched between Estancia and Costa Mesa.
READ THE ARTICLES TO UNDERSTAND THE NUMBERS
The articles that can be found beginning at the link above provide the explanation of how these rankings were compiled and explain in great detail how various elements were weighted when calculating the rankings. I encourage you to go to that link and read through the articles.
I'M NOT SURPRISED
It will not surprise me at all if some in our community come completely unglued at these numbers. While I don't spend a lot of time dwelling on school district issues, I do pay attention. These numbers do not surprise me. The fact that Corona del Mar is ranked high and the other three high schools are ranked progressively lower the further they get from the Back Bay doesn't surprise me. I'm not happy about it, but I'm not surprised.
MORE INFORMATION-MORE QUESTIONS
You can read more about each of the schools rankings, including those schools not in this particular study HERE. I could not find anything that tells us why 30 schools, including Back Bay High, Orange Coast Middle College High and Early College High, were excluded from the study, but one must assume they didn't meet the definition of "comprehensive diverse high schools".
TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK
I know some of you regular readers do spend a big part of your lives immersed in school district issues. I hope you will take the time to read the articles, then give me your opinions. I'll look forward to them.