Paly climbs up national high school rankings

Edward Mei and Jack Shapiro

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According to Newsweek’s recently released 2013 rankings, Palo Alto High School places 161st out of 2000 of the best American public high schools.

Paly jumped up 17 spots from last year’s rankings, in which it was ranked 178th in the nation.

Gunn High School, Palo Alto Unified School District’s other high school, dropped from 71 in 2012 to 583 in 2013. However, it should be noted that “a correction to this school’s data was submitted after the list was tabulated and is therefore not reflected in the ranking order,” according to Newsweek’s website.

Other schools around the Bay Area that were on the list include Saratoga High School (81), Monta Vista High School (103), Mission San Jose High School (114) and Lynbrook High School (122), among others.

The formula used to calculate the rankings uses “graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent),” according to Newsweek.