Malibu High among nation’s best

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U.S. News & World Report named Malibu High School the 98th-best school in the nation in its list of the country’s top 100 high schools released last week. The magazine analyzed nearly 19,000 schools in 40 states. The top school is Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax County, Va.

“I am thrilled about this much-deserved recognition of our outstanding academic program at Malibu High School,” said Board of Education President Kathy Wisnicki, the lone Malibu resident on the board. “Congratulations to the teachers, administrators, staff and students.”

The rankings were determined, according to the news magazine, by a three-step process. The first step determined whether the students at a school were performing better than the average student in the state. The second step assessed whether the school’s least-advantaged students (racial minorities and low-income students) were performing better than their counterparts statewide. The third step measured college readiness, using AP exam performance as a measurement.

Of the schools in California, Malibu High was ranked 23rd.

-Jonathan Friedman