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Old 09-23-2014, 06:11 PM
 
Location: OC/LA
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I couldn't read the actual article as I am not a subscriber, but according this Pasadena Star News article Poly was #2, Westridge #7, and Marshall #8.

However, what is absolutely shocking is the fact that Marshall was one of out 3 public schools to make the top ten. Since I'm assuming the other two were San Marino and La Canada, this means Marshall beat out South Pas and Arcadia which is absolutely mind blowing.

This is the link for the LA Mag article if anyone has a subscription.

http://www.lamag.com/best-high-schoo...best-students/


Edit: I have found a cached copy of the article. http://webcache.googleusercontent.co...best-students/

Here is how the criteria was determined:

To create the Challenge Index, which I used to rank the high schools below, I took the total number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests given at a school in 2013 and divided that figure by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June of that year.


Clearly there are a lot of problems with that criteria, but it's still interesting.

Top 10:


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Old 09-23-2014, 07:41 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Even factoring in LA Magazine's odd formula, the list kinda puts the lie to the axiom that LAUSD = unacceptable. PUSD usually gets slammed as well but with Marshall at #8 and even Blair at #67, Pasadena public schools seem pretty good.

And aside from the six private schools in the top 9, the rest of the 75 are all public schools. Are all the other private schools so low-scoring not to make the list or were they excluded for other non-performance reasons (the article says few "with strong AP or IB programs declined to participate for these rankings")?

If that's true, why are so many people spending megabucks to send their kids to private schools?
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Old 09-23-2014, 09:35 PM
 
Location: OC/LA
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Even factoring in LA Magazine's odd formula, the list kinda puts the lie to the axiom that LAUSD = unacceptable. PUSD usually gets slammed as well but with Marshall at #8 and even Blair at #67, Pasadena public schools seem pretty good.

And aside from the six private schools in the top 9, the rest of the 75 are all public schools. Are all the other private schools so low-scoring not to make the list or were they excluded for other non-performance reasons (the article says few "with strong AP or IB programs declined to participate for these rankings")?

If that's true, why are so many people spending megabucks to send their kids to private schools?
I'm not disputing what you're saying, but I think the SAT scores also show some more information.

The #1 spot on the list - LA Center for Enriched Studies (LAUSD): 1753
Poly (Private): 2150
Marshall (PUSD): 1380

Big, big difference.


On top of that you pay the $$ for class size, responsive teachers/ administration, community, new facilities, prestige, having your kid with motivated friends, etc
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Interesting.

Looking for a school that consistently puts out high SAT scoring kids? Appears like you're going to spend the money for a private. Or maybe buy a home in Arcadia or Glendora or Diamond Bar and still pay for some SAT test tutoring. Is it all worth it? Do the kids come through it finished, as high functioning, happy, well adjusted members of society?

Or not . . . be interesting to have a look at some of these kids 10 -15 years after HS graduation and see where they are in life.
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Old 09-24-2014, 03:41 PM
 
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but is Marshall in Pasadena a "honors" high school where they kids have to apply for admission? like Whitney? It shows that there are only 210 graduates which is absurdly low for an open-enrollment public school. Just for comparison, PV Penninsula shows 575 in their graduating class, Diamond Bar High 767!! and N. Hollywood High 536 students. What's weird is I don't see El Camino Real on the list, nor Granada Hills High, both stalwart multi-year champions of the national Academic Decathlon championships.
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:39 PM
 
Location: OC/LA
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I am pretty sure Marshall is an "honors" school. Pasadena HS and Muir are both 1000+ kids per class. Blair is probably closer to 500.
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Old 09-24-2014, 10:54 PM
 
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SAT is everything. If a kid has lousy SAT scores you can kiss getting into any university of consequence goodbye.

Where can we see a breakdown of a schools students by race?
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