SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - San Diego's Preuss School has once again been named San Diego County's top high school by U.S. News and World Report.
The school in La Jolla also ranked sixth among California high schools, based on performance on state assessments, graduation rates and college preparation.
Preuss is a charter middle and high school for low-income students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college.
“The Preuss School is a great source of pride for UC San Diego and we are honored that it has been ranked, once again, as the top high school in the region,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “Preuss offers a transformational pathway to college for local students from underserved communities.”
The school was also recognized as one of the top 100 high schools in the U.S., coming in at No. 76. It was ranked the 25th best charter school in the U.S.
Graduates of Preuss are accepted to four-year colleges at a rate of more than 90 percent.
“We are honored to be named as the top school in San Diego and among the top 10 schools in California,” said Preuss School Principal Scott Barton. “This prestigious recognition is a credit to our education model and the dedication of our teachers and staff.”
The school says part of their success is due to longer learning time. Students at the school are in class longer each day and for 18 more days a year than other California students. Throughout middle and high school, the school says the extra time adds up to almost an entire extra year.
Preuss is chartered by the San Diego Unified School District and operated by UC San Diego. The school was also nationally recognized in 2017 and 2009.