The Preuss School at UCSD. Photo courtesy Preuss School.

The Preuss School at UC San Diego was Tuesday named the 54th best public high school in the country and fifth best in the state by U.S. News & World Report.

The campus, which educates mainly low-income San Diego youth, was also ranked 15th for charter schools. According to data published in the magazine, Preuss students have about twice the proficiency rates in English and math as their peers in the San Diego Unified School District and around the state.

The data also showed that 100 percent graduate and 91 percent are college-ready.

The publication teamed with social sciences research firm RTI International to review more than 28,000 high schools around the country. The primary areas they took into account are the ones in which Preuss excelled — English and math proficiency, graduation rates and college readiness.

Other San Diego-area schools that were ranked highly were Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley, 17th in the state and 134th nationally; Westview High in Torrey Highlands, 38th and 233rd; Del Norte High in 4S Ranch, 39th and 235th; La Jolla High, 49th and 300th; and Torrey Pines High, 51st and 302nd.

U.S. News & World Report ranked BASIS Scottsdale as the best high school in the country, and Pacific Collegiate Charter in Santa Cruz as tops in California.

–City News Service