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Mills Earns Gold Medal From U.S. News

The school ranks in the top 500 high schools in America according to the new survey.

 

Mills High School has again been lauded as one of the top high schools in America, according to results published last week by U.S. News and World Report magazine, in conjunction with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research (AIR).

Mills finished with a Gold Medal, an award given to the top 500 schools in the country based on three specific criteria: teacher to student ratio; college readiness; and the academic performance index of their students. Mills was ranked number 472 among United States high schools.

Two other schools in San Mateo County - Summit Prep in Redwood City and Aragon High School in San Mateo - and two in Santa Clara County - Gunn High School and Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto - also finished in the top 500.

California is home to more than 500 schools that stood out in the magazine's rankings in 2012, including 97 gold medals, 301 silver medals, and 179 bronze medal schools.

Nearly 22,000 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia were evaluated. Schools were awarded gold, silver, or bronze medals based on the factors mentioned.

Here is a table indicating the top finishers in the country and results for San Mateo County schools:


Student/Teacher College Readiness API 1-Talented&Gifted/Dallas,TX 26:1 100.0 984 8-Pacific Collegiate/Santa Cruz 17:1 100.0 942 81-Summit Prep/RWC 19:1 77.7 826 112-Gunn HS/Palo Alto 18:1 71.0 918 152-Palo Alto HS/Palo Alto 19:1 64.9 897 277-Aragon HS/San Mateo 23:1 54.4 841 472-Mills HS/Millbrae 24:1 46.7 855

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Randy Sahae May 15, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Gunn and Paly are not in San Mateo County.
Dave Colby (Editor) May 15, 2012 at 03:15 PM
My mistake, Randy. You're absolutely correct. Our Patch cluster of 13 cities, mostly in San Mateo County, includes one town - Palo Alto - which is in Santa Clara County. When we write our stories, we always have to be mindful of that. Thanks for pointing out the error.
Randy Sahae May 17, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Thanks Dave. I point it out because Mills and Aragon are part of the San Mateo Union High School District - - whereas Palo Alto and Gunn are part of Palo Alto Unified School District - - and I quote from their website: "The population of Palo Alto stands at 63,367, with a mean household income of $140,900 .... Seventy-seven percent of adult residents have four or more years of college." Compare to Millbrae, where in 2009 the median household income was $82,504 and, according to the census, 40.5% of adults have a college degree. San Mateo, home of Aragon High, is 42% and approx $82,075. Hats off to SMUHSD!

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