Two Carmel Valley high schools top Newsweek list

Six high schools in San Diego County were included in a list of the top 500 high schools in the country released today by Newsweek.

The San Diego contingent was led by River Valley Charter High School of Lakeside, which ranked 94th in the country, helped by a 100 percent graduation rate. All of the school’s graduates were headed for college, according to Newsweek data.

Following in order were Westview High, near Rancho Penasquitos, 97th; Canyon Crest Academy, Carmel Valley, 117th; Del Norte High School, 4S Ranch, 209th; Torrey Pines High School, Carmel Valley, 336th; and Classical Academy, Escondido, 493rd.

The top high school in the country was Thomas Jefferson High of Alexandria, Virginia, where all the students graduated and nearly all went to college. Students at the school posted an eye-popping average Scholastic Aptitude Test score of 2,182. The magazine also rated high schools based enrollment in advanced placement courses, student retention and counselor-to-student ratio.

In a separate list of the top 500 high schools that was adjusted for poverty rates, Kearny High in Kearny Mesa ranked 89th, Patrick Henry in San Carlos was 169th, Westview was 238th, Del Norte 384th, and Canyon Crest 442nd.

The top high school nationally when adjusted for poverty levels was Success Academy in Cedar City, Utah, according to Newsweek.