Banning, Beaumont High Schools Fall Short on State, National Rankings

The two educational institutions did not place high on a new list by U.S. News and World Report of the nation's top high schools.

Banning and Beaumont local high schools failed to make it into the top tier of the state's public secondary education institutes, according to a new report released Tuesday by U.S. News and World Report.

The report looked at thousands of public high schools, and analyzed things like performance on standardized testing, and how well the schools prepare students for college.

"The 2013 Best High Schools rankings, released today, can help parents wade through the ever expanding options of public high schools," the report says of the rankings.

While Banning High School is not even ranked on the list, Beaumont High School ranked #431 in California.

Beaumont High School was also ranked 1,871 in the nation, and received a "silver" award.  According to the report, the school did not achieve California's goal in the Academic Performance Index evaluation and had a "college readiness index" of 19.6 out of a possible 100.

Though Banning High School didn't make it into the state or national rankings, it had a higher college readiness score than Beaumont with 24.4, the report indicates.  It did not pass the API evaluation, either.

According to the publication, U.S. News collected data from more than 21,000 public high schools throughout the country to arrive at their rankings.  In the national rankings, 500 gold medals were awarded, along with 1,790 silver and 2,515 bronze.

There are 2,039 high schools in California, from 503 different school districts.

Here are the top ten schools in California, according to the report:

  1. Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz
  2. Oxford Academy, Cypress
  3. Whitney High School, Cerritos
  4. The Preuss School, La Jolla
  5. American Indian Public High School, Oakland
  6. Lennox Mathematics, Science & Technology Academy, Lennox
  7. University High School, Fresno
  8. Lowell High School, San Francisco
  9. Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy, Arcata
  10. Mission San Jose High School, Fremont

The top school in the country is The School for the Talented and Gifted in the Dallas Independent School District, according to the report.

U.S. News created the report along with D.C.-based American Institutes for Research "...to evaluate schools on overall student performance on state-mandated assessments, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams was then used to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work."

Washy April 24, 2013 at 01:25 PM
HAH Mr Harvey is the same man who told me and my son that he wasn't going to graduate (he was only a Jr) And suggested it would be best if he moved to Glen View High I told him that my son was doing fine (he was getting Cs and working very hard for them) He not only graduated BHS he also graduated college this year!
Dex April 24, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Look at our recent leadership...Barry Kayrell was more concerned with photo ops and getting the Taj Mahal built than preparing our students for their future. And we employed him for the bargain price of about 190K a year. What an incredible waste of money. Administrators and management should start out with a base salary, and then possibly be rewarded for their achievments and performance....and based on his performance, he should have gotten the boot long ago. I hope Hemet is happy with him. My dealings with him and his staff left a very unpleasant taste in my mouth, and the staff is only going to be as good as the people that are leading them. I hope and pray that Dr Maureen Latham has taken a cue from the previous admins failures, and can lead our children and district in a better direction.
Lloyd White April 24, 2013 at 04:06 PM
At least both schools have multi-million dollar state of the art sports complexes... Very appropriate that the Banning sports complex is the picture for this story. Don't forget to thank Pass Area Families For Good Government; it's their money that makes sure we keep getting board members in Beaumont that are happy with the status quo.
Luciano Marez April 24, 2013 at 06:28 PM
You said it, this area is controlled by contractors. Teacher lay offs, instructional hours cut backs, educational materials shorted, yet there is always funding for Bogh and his crew to build something around any school here. Development has stopped dead in the past years, but no worries, there will always be something thought up that Bogh can build. After all, as our school board spelled it out so perfectly- we owe Bogh. Seems to me the guys making zillions off of this town would owe us instead. Anyone ever add up where all that measure z money went? Or just how much over bid Bogh went?
Reality April 25, 2013 at 01:04 AM
The schools have been this way for quite a while now. As Luciano said, the local government is a big part of the problem. City of Beaumont is like the City of Bell, it just hasn't been uncovered YET.


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