We spent a week recently looking at school performance in Lake Forest, SVUSD, and the other 3 districts that serve about 100,000 children in South Orange County. U.S. News & World Report just listed the top high schools in the U.S. for 2014, so I thought I'd include those results here. The schools listed in the Top 100 from South OC were -
Corona Del Mar (Newport Beach) - #37
University (Irvine) - #50
Arnold Beckman (Irvine) - #55
Northwood (Irvine) - #59
Laguna Beach - #81
Among the 4 high schools in SVUSD here is how the schools ranked.
(FYI - We already discussed API. For “College Readiness” U.S. News calculated a College Readiness Index based on "AP and IB exam participation rates and percentages of students passing at least one exam.")
- Laguna Hills was ranked #1,216 in the nation and #266 in California. API Index was 856 (which is pretty good) and College Readiness Index was 30.6 (which is not so good)
- Mission Viejo was ranked #1,252 in the nation and #270 in California. API Index was 865 and College Readiness Index was 29.1.
- Trabuco Hills was ranked #1,337 in the nation and #293 in California. API Index was 860 and College Readiness Index was 28.4.
- El Toro High School was ranked #1,699 in the nation, #367 in California. API Index was 834 but College Readiness Index was only 22.5.
Comparing the 4 school districts, the average API scores were
Laguna Beach – 906
Irvine – 829
Capistrano – 818
SVUSD – 797
Comparing the 4 school districts, the average College Readiness scores were
Laguna Beach – 52.4
Irvine – 49.1
Capistrano – 41.4
SVUSD – 27.8
None of this data is incompatible with the data we previously reviewed. The College Readiness data is new and a little disturbing in that SVUSD does fairly well compared to the other districts in average API scores, but in College Readiness SVUSD is much further behind.
COMING NEXT WEEK
- A look at the efforts of the City's Economic Development staff to bring more businesses to the city.
- A follow up to the "park design" workshop at Baker Ranch.
- Second part of the series about keeping campaign promises. Having covered Mayor Robinson, our next look is at Scott Voigts.