South Bay high schools make Newsweek's best list

Full story: Daily Breeze

Newsweek magazine released its annual list of the 1,500 top public high schools in the country last week, showing some surprising results for South Bay campuses.
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hermosa world watcher

Canyon Country, CA

#1 Jun 15, 2009
These ratings are meaningless until the test scores are considered. Check out the California APIs for a more comprehensive view of the California high schools. Until they publish the second list with the scores, then this is just a ploy to sell magazines.
R-man

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jun 15, 2009
hermosa world watcher wrote:
These ratings are meaningless until the test scores are considered. Check out the California APIs for a more comprehensive view of the California high schools. Until they publish the second list with the scores, then this is just a ploy to sell magazines.
Went to the state's API website and checked several of the schools in the list, and they all tested quite well. I am not sure what's your point? And isn't all the content in a magazine a "ploy" to sell the magazine? Isn't that the goal, to sell the magazine? Forgive me if I judge too quickly, but you seem bitter about something.
Sherri

Anaheim, CA

#3 Jun 15, 2009
Go Westchester!!!
Interested Bystander

California City, CA

#4 Jun 15, 2009
Go TUSD!!!!
Former Gaucho

United States

#5 Jun 15, 2009
Yay Narbonne!
skatermom

Hawthorne, CA

#6 Jun 15, 2009
Interested Bystander wrote:
Go TUSD!!!!
Did not see a TUSD school listed, which is not surprising. Did I miss something?
Lawndalian94

Atlanta, GA

#7 Jun 15, 2009
Whoo-hoo! Go RUHS!!!
HAHAHAHA

Simi Valley, CA

#8 Jun 15, 2009
NARBONNE? That childrens prison? Man, what a load of sh*t.
Todd Hays - 47 year res

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Jun 15, 2009
I posted this in the school blog last week...
The Newsweek report didn't account for how many seniors passed those tests. Here are the percentages of high school graduates with at least a C average in the UC/CSU required college prep courses, for the 2007-2008 school year:

Narbonne High 23.40%
Redondo Union High 42.50%
Carson High 23.50%
El Segundo High 17.40%
Westchester High 20.50%
Mira Costa High 85.10%
Palos Verdes High 69.20%
Palos Verdes Penisula 85.60%
Torrance High 45.80%
North High 47.90%
South High 57.10%
West High 60.40%

So, TUSD's students did pretty well. I suppose that Newsweek's analysis was limited by the lack of available national data for comparison.
StayOutofMexico

Glendale, CA

#10 Jun 15, 2009
This list is phonier than a three dollar bill.

Carson, Narbonne and Westchester - on the list of top public high schools in the country ????????

Noooooo waaaaayyyyy, what did they rate them on - muggings, police calls, average basketball scores, drive bys, teacher turnover...

Howwwwllllliinnggggg with laughter!!!!!!!!!
PABLO in Wilmington

United States

#11 Jun 15, 2009
Talk about spin.....Carson & Narbonne?

A few years ago "the people" kicked a fellow student to death at that Narbonne....Top in the country? Bull Sh**
confused

Korea

#12 Jun 15, 2009
what the heck...this does not make sense...
confused

Korea

#13 Jun 15, 2009
Todd Hays - 47 year res wrote:
I posted this in the school blog last week...
The Newsweek report didn't account for how many seniors passed those tests. Here are the percentages of high school graduates with at least a C average in the UC/CSU required college prep courses, for the 2007-2008 school year:
Narbonne High 23.40%
Redondo Union High 42.50%
Carson High 23.50%
El Segundo High 17.40%
Westchester High 20.50%
Mira Costa High 85.10%
Palos Verdes High 69.20%
Palos Verdes Penisula 85.60%
Torrance High 45.80%
North High 47.90%
South High 57.10%
West High 60.40%
So, TUSD's students did pretty well. I suppose that Newsweek's analysis was limited by the lack of available national data for comparison.
I agree that TUSD has some of the best schools in the south bay. I just looked at the list and some of those schools just do not belong there...Bell, South Gate but not West High.
No braniacs

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#14 Jun 15, 2009
The API scores for Narbonne and Westchester were mediocre at best. And Carson didn't even submit scores. But in the eyes of some liberal academic, they were amongst America's best. That, in a nutshell, is the root cause of the public education system - low expectations by liberal elites.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/portlet/article/ht...
Inglewood Native

La Palma, CA

#15 Jun 15, 2009
Hey now~ Great to hear:)
hermosa world watcher

Canyon Country, CA

#16 Jun 16, 2009
R-man wrote:
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Went to the state's API website and checked several of the schools in the list, and they all tested quite well. I am not sure what's your point? And isn't all the content in a magazine a "ploy" to sell the magazine? Isn't that the goal, to sell the magazine? Forgive me if I judge too quickly, but you seem bitter about something.
I am not bitter about anything. I just hate to see statistics on tests taken without seeing the results. These tests are national college level tests and provide a comparison about how well students scored against everyone who took them nationwide. If everyone in a school TAKES these tests, the school would become number one on this list. Then you find out the average grade was one or 1.5 on a 5.0 scale. AP courses are accepted by UC/CSU to fulfill general education course requirements but only if you score high enough on the exams. That is why the number of students who took the test is not important but the number of students who got 3,4, or the magic 5, is critical.
Smart Kids

San Francisco, CA

#18 Jun 16, 2009
Great News always fall to deaf ears when idiots are involved.
Korean Vet

Sacramento, CA

#19 Jun 16, 2009
Ony five states require high schools to teach personel finances. Is it any wonder that people do not understand interest and the cost of money. Do they understand capitalism, socialism or communism?
Someones Mom

Redondo Beach, CA

#22 Jun 16, 2009
I agree with Hermosa World Watcher...who care how many people took the test...anyone can sign up for AP tests. You don't even have to take the AP class.
Scores are the true indicator. By the way, I heard more than 25-30 kids were caught vandalizing Mira Costa High School last week. Can someone tell me why the Daily Breeze didn't cover this?
observer

Westminster, CA

#23 Jun 16, 2009
If Narbonne and Carson made the list, South and West should have made it as well.

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