Top 15 Bay Area high schools for students from low-income familiesByJan Mabry
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An Oakland-based non-profit has compiled a list of the top 15 Bay Area high schools for students from low-income families.
According to Great Schools, these exceptional high schools are educating students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds fairly and equally.
Great Schools ranked the schools based on 3 basic criteria: student achievement, graduation rates and the percent of graduates who meet Californias public university eligibility requirements. All the schools on the list have student populations in which 40% or more qualify for free lunches. Out of 213 Bay Area high schools, only fifteen met these specific standards of methodology.
Here are the schools that made Great Schools top 15 list, along with their graduation rates and CSU/UC preparedness rates:
1. Oakland Charter High School, Oakland 85% graduation rate/91% CSU/UC preparedness
2. American Indian Public High School, Oakland 84% graduation rate/91% CSU/UC preparedness
3. Oakland Unity High School, Oakland 84% graduation rate/95% CSU/UC preparedness
4. KIPP San Jose Collegiate, San Jose 88% graduation rate/73% CSU/UC preparedness
5. Leadership Public Schools Hayward, Hayward 93% graduation rate/64% CSU/UC preparedness
6. KIPP King Collegiate High School, San Lorenzo 93% graduation rate/74% CSU/UC preparedness
7. Galileo High School, San Francisco 91% graduation rate/64% CSU/UC preparedness
8. Wallenberg (Raoul) Traditional High School, San Francisco 94% graduation rate/69% CSU/UC preparedness
9. Middle College High School, San Pablo 100% graduation rate/52% CSU/UC preparedness
10. Lowell High School, San Francisco 98% graduation rate/42% CSU/UC preparedness
11. Impact Academy of Arts and Technology, Hayward 89% graduation rate/55% CSU/UC preparedness
12. Balboa High School, San Francisco 92% graduation rate/60% CSU/UC preparedness
13. Lincoln (Abraham) High School, San Francisco 90% graduation rate/61% CSU/UC preparedness
14. Washington (George) High School, San Francisco 91% graduation rate/49% CSU/UC preparedness
15. Summit Preparatory Charter High School, Redwood City 87% graduation rate/46% CSU/UC preparedness
Great Schools spokesperson Carrie Goux says parents can use this list as a tool to find the best possible educational environment for their child because it is based on real numbers, not opinions.
Its just the facts, says Goux. Its not crowd sourcing, we use hard data.
As for Bay Area schools that didnt make the top 15 list, Goux says parents can consult Great Schools website and see where their school ranks. At greatschools.org there is data on schools in cities across the country.
If parents see data on the website about their school they find disturbing, they can march into their principals office and ask them whats going on,’ says Goux.