The Preuss School
The entrance to the Preuss School at UC San Diego. Courtesy of the school

The Preuss School at UC San Diego was named the best public high school in San Diego County and one of the 100 best in the United States Wednesday in U.S. News and World Report‘s annual ranking.

The public charter school is consistently recognized among the best high schools. It was named the nation’s most transformative high school by Newsweek three years in a row. Preuss graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities 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 Principal Scott Barton. “This prestigious recognition is a credit to our education model and the dedication of our teachers and staff.”

The school, which ranked 6th in California and 76th nationally, is both a middle and high school for low-income students who strive to become the first in their families to graduate from college. More than 800 students commute from throughout San Diego County to participate in the school’s rigorous college preparatory curriculum.

Other top rated school in San Diego County were:

  • Canyon Crest Academy — 14th in California and 132 nationally
  • Chula Vista Learning Community Charter — 38th in California and 245th nationally
  • Del Norte High School — 41st in California and 256th nationally
  • Torrey Pines High School — 48th in California and 300th nationally
  • Westview High School — 69th in California and 425th nationally

The U.S. News rankings include more than 20,500 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Chris Jennewein

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