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6 SLO County high schools ranked among nation’s best by U.S. News

Damion Biddy celebrates during the presentation of diplomas at Arroyo Grande High School’s 2013 graduation ceremony.
Damion Biddy celebrates during the presentation of diplomas at Arroyo Grande High School’s 2013 graduation ceremony. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Six San Luis Obispo County public high schools received silver medals in U.S. News and World Report’s annual assessment released Wednesday.

The magazine evaluated data on more than 21,000 schools, weighing their performance on state assessments, how well they serve disadvantaged students, their graduation rates and how well they prepare students for college.

From that total, it identified 6,218 schools as gold, silver or bronze medal winners, ranking them according to a College Readiness Index based on students’ rate of participation and success at passing Advanced Placement tests. The top 500 ranked schools nationwide received gold medals. The next 2,173 received silver medals. And an additional 3,545 earned bronze medals. California has 683 ranked high schools.

Arroyo Grande High School placed the highest locally, ranking No. 170 in California and No. 1,032 nationwide.

It was followed by San Luis Obispo High School (No. 221 and No. 1,262, respectively), Templeton High School (No. 279 and No. 1,555), Coast Union High School (No. 430 and No. 2,278), Paso Robles High School (No. 449 and No. 2,345) and Morro Bay High School (No. 475 and No. 2,492).

Central Coast New Tech High School in Nipomo earned a bronze medal but wasn’t ranked.

Atascadero and Nipomo high schools were unranked locally.

The report named the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas, Texas, as the best in the country. Whitney High School in Cerritos was named the No. 1 high school in California.

For more information on the school rankings and to see detailed breakdowns on local high schools, visit www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

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