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May 1, 2017 -- The Santa Monica-Unified School District’s (SMMUSD) flagship institution performed well in US News & World Report’s newly released “Best High Schools” lists both nationally and statewide.

Santa Monica High School ranked No. 105 statewide among nearly 2,400 California public high schools and No. 606 nationally among nearly 20,500 public high schools.

The rankings took into account “college readiness” based on how students performed on statewide proficiency tests in 2014-15 and seniors performed on Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the same school year.

Also factored in were graduation rates, how a school performed against “statistical expectations given the school's relative level of student poverty” and whether a school achieved proficiency on state tests for its “least-advantaged student groups.”

Samohi received a college readiness score of 52 on a 100-point scale with 63 percent of students taking an AP exam with a passing rate of 79 percent.

The school’s mathematics proficiency rate was 68 percent and English proficiency rate was 71 percent.

Malibu High was ranked No. 45 in California and No. 279 nationwide. It scored 64.9 on the college readiness index.

Seventy-four percent of Malibu High students were AP tested and 83 percent passed. Its mathematics proficiency rate was 80 percent and English proficiency rate was 83 percent.

The top-ranked school in the country was BASIS Scottsdale, which is a charter high school in Arizona. BASIS charter schools in Arizona claimed five of the top 10 spots.

The only California school in the top 10 was Pacifica Collegiate Charter in Santa Cruz.

Among the top 10 schools in California, three are located in Los Angeles County: Whitney High in Cerritos, Hawthorne Math and Science Academy and Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies.

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