DBHS ranked highly in state

The school was recently placed in the Top 100 in California by US News and World Report.

Ingrid Chan, Staff Writer

Diamond Bar High School’s highly competitive educational standards have once again earned the school a ranking among the best schools of 2015 in both the state and nation.

According to US News & World Report, Diamond Bar High School placed 65th in California alone. Even more surprising is the fact that DBHS is the only school in the Top 100 in the state that has over 3,000 students enrolled.

“Our rankings are a result of a partnership among students, staff, parents, community members, and the district office in supporting the balance provided by our foundations of the four A’s,” Principal Catherine Real said in an e-mail.

Nationally, DBHS is ranked 348th out of a total of around thirty thousand high schools, receiving gold medal status.

In last year’s rankings, DBHS did even better, finishing 40th in the state and 230th in the nation.

To decide the placement for STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – US News looked at the nation’s top 500 public schools from the “Best High School Rankings.” The website also took into account students’ skill and success through their scores in Advanced Placement science and math tests.

“US News & World Report rankings intend to reflect great high schools that serve all of their students well, not just those who are college bound. These high schools must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show how they are successfully educating their student body across a range of performance indicators,” Real said.

These school placements were determined by the performance of the school’s students compared to the others in the same state.

Additionally, the ranking measured college readiness performance by looking at the AP/IB participation rate, the number of seniors passing the AP/IB exams, and which school had the best college-level achievements for their students.

“I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude for the community effort it takes to achieve the consistently high rankings that we achieve,” Real said.