Calabasas High School Ranks High in the Nation ~ Newsweek

Highly respected Calabasas High has landed among the top of the nation’s best high schools and among the top 50 in the state, according to Newsweek.

Calabasas High ranks 43 statewide and 339 nationally. The only California school to rank in the country’s top 10 is in Cerritos.

Just in time for the start of the school year, Newsweek released its annual list Wednesday of the top public high schools in America for 2015.

See the full rankings here.

The rankings were compiled using several metrics, including graduation rate, college enrollment rate, SAT and ACT scores, AP and IB scores and participation, teacher-student ratio and dropout rates.

“Some factors are more important, especially since our rankings focus on college readiness,” Jim Impoco, editor in chief of Newsweek, told Patch via email. “We place emphasis on criteria like college enrollment and graduation rate since we know that those are some of the biggest indicators of whether students are prepared for college.”

This year’s rankings were weighted by:

  • Enrollment Rate—25 percent
  • Graduation Rate—20 percent
  • Weighted AP/IB/Dual Enrollment composite—17.5 percent
  • Weighted SAT/ACT composite—17.5 percent
  • Change in student enrollment between 9th-12th grades, to control for dropout rates—10 percent
  • Counselor-to-Student Ratio—10 percent

“The top 20 schools on the ‘America’s Top High Schools’ are neck and neck. They all have perfect or near-perfect college enrollment and graduation rates,” Impoco said. “You start to see more variation as you look further down the list and also when you look at the factors that have less weight, like test scores.”

By Marc Torrence, Patch Staff  –  Calabasas Patch Article


Not that we are surprised! Calabasas Schools at every level, and the Las Virgenes School District draw families from all over for their academic excellence. It feels that most of our clients, friends and associates moved here at one time or another for the Calabasas Schools. Our daughter is in her last year at Bay Laurel Elementary and is headed to the highly acclaimed A.C. Stelle Middle School next year. Click here for more information on the original Newsweek article.

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