Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades and University Senior High School in West Los Angeles made the Washington Post’s list of the most challenging high schools, according to rankings released last week.
The Washington Post’s High School Challenge ranked Pali High 79th and Uni High 165th in the state, respectively, for how they prepare students for college. Nationally, the Pali High was ranked 719th and Uni High was ranked 1,378, respectively, out of the 1,900 schools that made the list.
Only 9 percent of the country’s approximately 22,000 schools made the list, including 229 in California.
This was an increase in the ranking for Pali high. Last year, it ranked 83rd out of 293 schools in California and was ranked 588 out of 1,900 schools.
This was a nice improvement for Uni High, after ranking 285th last year in the state.
To grade the schools, the Washington Post divided the number of college preparation tests that students took by the number of graduating seniors. Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests were all tallied. Schools with a score above 1.0 made the list.
Peninsula scored 2.430 - less than last year's score of 2.463.
Uni High scored 1.167 - more than last year's score of 1.059.
The list excludes magnets and charter schools that have average SAT or ACT scores greater than the highest average for normal enrollment schools—which translates to 2000 for the SAT or 29.3 for the ACT.
—Editor Matthew Sanderson contributed to this report.