The Preuss School at UCSD. Photo courtesy Preuss School.
The Preuss School at UCSD. Photo courtesy Preuss School.

The Preuss School UCSD was ranked the best public high school in San Diego County and the fifth best in California in rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report.

Other San Diego County schools in the top 100 statewide were Canyon Crest Academy at 15th, San Diego High School of International Studies at 25th, Torrey Pines High School at 42nd, La Jolla High School at 48th, Del Norte High School at 55th, Scripps Ranch High School at 91st and Coronado High School at 95th.

“For more than 15 years, The Preuss School has offered students a pathway to college and the opportunity to transform their lives and the lives of those around them,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “We are proud to be recognized as one of the nation’s best high schools.”

To compile the list, U.S. News & World Report evaluated more than 19,000 eligible public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

While Preuss was ranked 5th in California, it was the only school in the top five that requires that all prospective students must be from a low-income family and have no parent or guardian who has graduated from a four-year college.

The school is chartered by the San Diego Unified School District and operated by UC San Diego.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.