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U.S. News & World Report Analyzes Santee High Schools

Neither of Santee's high schools were included in the rankings of the nation's top 1,800 schools in the annual academic survey

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Neither of Santee's high schools were included in the rankings of the nation's top 1,800 schools in U.S. News & World Report's annual academic survey that was released this week. But, an analysis of West Hills and Santana High statistics can be found on their website.

The report lists and compares student to teacher ratios, college readiness scores based on advanced placement tests, scores on the Academic Performance Index and more.

Santana comes out ahead in the student to teacher ratio, with slightly smaller class sizes, and West Hills has a significantly higher college readiness score.

Two schools in the Grossmont Union High School District were included in the rankings of nation's top 1,800 schools; Helix High School ranked 277 in California and Valhalla High School 295. Ten San Diego Unified School District schools were included.

San Marcos High School was ranked third in the state and 11th in the nation in the report.

Santee High Schools:

School Student/Teacher Ratio College Readiness Academic Performance Index Santana 25:1 14.3 780

West Hills

28:1 24.2 784

Correction made 5/15/12: The high schools were switched in the above table, the stats are now correct, we apologize for any confusion.

Other highly ranked San Diego County high schools included:

-- La Jolla, 34th in California and 167th nationally;

-- Westview, 40th and 218th;

-- Canyon Crest Academy, 41st and 220th;

-- University City, 66th and 371st, Patrick Henry, 68th and 383rd;

-- Scripps Ranch, 69th and 390th;

-- San Dieguito Academy, 74th and 402nd;

-- Poway High School, 83rd and 449th; and

-- Coronado, 94th and 484th.

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Mary May 10, 2012 at 04:34 PM
So what plan does Santana and West Hills staff intend to implement? When 10 other area schools are in the top 500 nationally, what is needed for Santee students to improve? We need our children to be able to compete nationally and internationally. Just being average is not the answer. If we strive for outstanding we have a better chance of success.

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