Santa Monica High School Among Top 900 Schools in the Nation

SAMOHI ranked 829 out of over 18,000 total schools

By personal writer

Santa Monica High School is among the top 900 schools in the nation, according to a recent report.

On May 6, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District announced that US News and World Report ranked high schools in Malibu and Santa Monica among the top six percent of nearly 18,000 public schools nationwide and among the top 180 schools in California. Malibu High School ranked 176 in the state and Santa Monica High School ranked 108.

US News rankings are determined by college readiness scores, based on demographics, state test scores, and college readiness exams. US News released its list of the best 2022 high schools this week, ranking Malibu High 1,170 and Samohi, 829.

“This recognition by a highly respected publication illustrates that our faculty, staff, and stellar leaders truly support and prepare our students for college and career,” said SMMUSD Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati. “We commend each school site team and our students for their hard work, dedication and vision for the future.”

To create the rankings, US News focused on six factors: college readiness, reading and math skills, reading and math performance, performance of underserved students, breadth of curriculum academic and graduation rates.

The data used comes from the 2019-2020 school year, which covers the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, where distance learning was implemented in March 2020 for the remainder of the school year. In 2021, (reflecting the 2018-19 year) Malibu ranked 146 in the state and 999 in the country and Samohi ranked 98 in the state and 708 in the nation.

Olympic High School is not included in this ranking, however, has already received the prestigious Model Continuation High School award in California.

Toya J. Bell