Alameda High School, with over 1,780 students, was recognized with a silver award for college readiness, ranking 102 state-wide and 609 nationally.
Alameda Community Learning Center, with just over 330 students, made the list for the eighth year in a row, earning a bronze award as a “high performance school based on state exam performance.”
U.S. News & World Report, with RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm, considered nearly 20,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia for their awards.
To earn a “Best High Schools” award from U.S. News, a school must first pass a three-step evaluation which measures: 1) student performance on required state math and reading tests, 2) whether their disadvantaged students (black, Hispanic and low-income) are outperforming disadvantaged students state-wide, and 3) student graduation rates.
Schools that pass these first three evaluation steps are awarded bronze medals, placing them in the top 30 percent of all public high schools.
Schools that offer Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are also judged on step 4) college-readiness performance, based on AP and IB test data, which makes them eligible for Gold and Silver awards. Small schools like ACLC that do not offer Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are not eligible for Gold or Silver awards or inclusion in U.S. News’ national ranking.
ACLC officials point out that in lieu of AP classes, the school offers a college-like seminar model, and graduation requirements to complete a senior project, internship, and at least one college course.