CCSA Statement on U.S. News & World Report's List of Top High Schools

May 8, 2012

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Vicky Waters, CCSA
(415) 505-7575

Jed Wallace, president and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, issued the following statement today following the release of U.S. News & World Report Magazine's List of Top High Schools, which include several of California's top charter schools:

"This week, charter schools across the nation are celebrating National Charter Schools Week (May 6-12, 2012), and this announcement by the U.S. News & World Report could not have come at a better time. Two California charter schools--Pacific Collegiate School and Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy--were in the top 20 of all the public high schools in the nation. Additionally, of the top 112 U.S. top charter high schools on the list, 43 were from California, and 18 in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) alone, including recent National Academic Decathlon winner Granada Hills Charter High and National Green Ribbon Award recipient Environmental Charter High."

"We congratulate all the charter schools that were named on the U.S. News & World Report List, along with their students, teachers and families, as they truly embody the spirit of the charter school movement, and the positive impact charter schools are having in transforming public education across the nation."

Here are the charter high schools from California that made the U.S. News & World Report List of Top High Schools:

  • Pacific Collegiate School (Santa Cruz, CA)
  • Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy (Arcata, CA)
  • Roseland University Prep (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • The Preuss School UCSD (La Jolla, CA)
  • Lennox Mathematics, Science & Technology Academy (Lennox, CA)
  • University High School (Fresno, CA)
  • Hawthorne Math and Science Academy (Hawthorne, CA)
  • American Indian Public High School (Oakland, CA)
  • Summit Preparatory High School (Redwood City, CA)
  • Marc & Eva Stern Math and Science School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Animo Leadership High School (Inglewood, CA)
  • Animo Oscar de la Hoya Charter High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Gertz-Ressler High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Community Charter Early College High School (Van Nuys, CA)
  • Orange County High School of the Arts (Santa Ana, CA)
  • Magnolia Science Academy (Reseda, CA)
  • Dr. Olga Mohan High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Heritage College-Ready High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Palisades Charter High School (Pacific Palisades, CA)
  • Huntington Park College-Ready Academy High School (Huntington Park, CA)
  • Animo Venice Charter High School (Venice, CA)
  • Camino Nuevo High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • California Academy for Liberal Studies Early College High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Environmental Charter High School (Lawndale, CA)
  • William and Carol Ouchi High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • River Valley Charter School (Lakeside, CA)
  • Bright Star Secondary Charter Academy (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Oakland Unity High School (Oakland, CA)
  • Wallis Annenberg High (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Granada Hills Charter High (Granada Hills, CA)
  • University Preparatory School (Redding, CA)
  • Animo South Los Angeles Charter High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Oakland Military Institute, College Preparatory Academy (Oakland, CA)
  • Leadership Public Schools-Hayward (Hayward, CA)
  • Six Rivers Charter High School (Arcata, CA)
  • Port of Los Angeles High School (San Pedro, CA)
  • Classical Academy High School (Escondido, CA)
  • Aspire Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy (Oakland, CA)
  • Helix High School (La Mesa, CA)
  • Animo Jackie Robinson High School (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Guajome Park Academy Charter School (Vista, CA)
  • California Military Institute (Perris, CA)
  • Futures High School (North Highlands, CA)

For the full list of U.S. News & World Report Magazine's Top High Schools, click here.

About the California Charter Schools Association

The California Charter Schools Association is the membership and professional organization serving 982 charter public schools and more than 412,000 students in the state of California. The Vision of the California Charter Schools Association is to usher in a new era in public education so all students attend independent, innovative, accountable schools of choice. The Mission of the California Charter Schools Association is to influence the legislative and policy environments, leverage collective advocacy, and provide resources to support our members in developing and operating high quality, charter schools reflective of California's student population. For more information, please visit

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