IUSD high schools earn gold and silver in latest ranking from U.S. News & World Report


All four of IUSD’s comprehensive high schools were recently recognized among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.

As we’ve said before, school rankings can be highly subjective, as different news outlets use different criteria for evaluating campuses. At the same time, U.S. News offers one of the more popular annual breakdowns, with its latest published on April 23.

According to the online magazine, Irvine High School was No. 620 nationally, earning silver-medal status. Woodbridge High also took silver at No. 1,074.

University High School ranked No. 182 in the nation and No. 29 in California. Northwood High School was ranked No. 321 in the nation and No. 57 in the state. Both earned gold medals.

IUSD’s San Joaquin High School, which serves families who opt for an independent study program, was recognized with a bronze medal.

U.S. News says it teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research to evaluate more than 21,000 public high schools this year. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded based on how well each school measured up against state proficiency standards and how they prepared students for college. You can read all about its methodology here.