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Redondo Union One of the State's Toughest, Washington Post Says

Redondo Union One of the State's Toughest, Washington Post Says

Redondo Union High is one of the state’s more challenging high schools. So says the Washington Post.

To come up with the list of the nation’s most challenging high schools, the folks at the Post kept their calculation simple:

Number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year.

Not that this methodology isn’t without controversy, especially because it doesn’t assign rank based on those who pass the exams, only those who take them.

But if you’re ready to take the list at face value, here’s where the schools stand.

Redondo Union is No. 268 on the list of 295 statewide. By the time seniors graduate there, almost 45 percent of them have passed a college-level exam.

In total, there are 1,304 public high schools in the state. There are another 268 charter high schools, according to figures from the California Department of Education. 

The Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies in Los Angeles is the county’s top-ranked school on the list, coming in at No. 5.

Here’s how other school in the South Bay ranked:

  • Palos Verdes Peninsula in Rolling Hills Estates (No. 29)
  • Mira Costa in Manhattan Beach (No. 52)
  • Palos Verses in Palos Verdes Estates (No. 65)
  • Hawthorne Math and Science Academy (No. 118)
  • California Academy of Math & Science in Carson (No. 147)
  • South in Torrance (No. 197)
  • Amino Inglewood Charter (No. 205)
  • Narbonne in Harbor City (No. 213)
  • West in Torrance (No. 243)
  • North in Torrance (No. 244)
  • San Pedro (No. 250)
  • Torrance (No. 267)
  • Redondo Union in Redondo Beach (No. 268)
  • Banning in Wilmington (No. 273)
  • Carson (No. 292)

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