DBHS places itself among other schools

Samyuktha Vellaiyan, Asst. Web Editor

        Every year, Diamond Bar High School earns a statewide and national ranking among the top 500 high schools. Having ranked well in the past, it comes as no surprise that the Brahmas managed to maintain this streak of success.

        According to the U.S. News and World Report, DBHS ranks 59th in California, 376th in the nation and 146th among STEM-centered high schools. Though this is a downgrade from last year’s ranking, the Brahmas still managed to pull off a gold medal.

        Medals are given to schools based on graduation rates and student performance on state testing. Gold medals are awarded to the top 500 of schools in the nation.

        The U.S. News and World Report ranks each school with a scorecard comprised of five elements: college readiness index, percentage of students who took AP tests, percentage of students who passed AP tests, mathematics and reading proficiency. According to the website, the college readiness index is a weighted average that bases “25 percent on the AP and IB participation rate and 75 percent on the quality-adjusted AP and IB participation rate.”

        DBHS received a college readiness score of 63.1. Seventy percent of its students are proficient in Math and 69 percent in English. 69 percent of Brahmas also took AP tests, and of those who completed an AP test, 88 percent passed.

        Along with DBHS, other high schools have been ranked highly as well, with Troy High School and Walnut High School ranking 51st and 111th in California, respectively.