Nearly 11 years after Common Core Math Standards were adopted in California, the majority of K-12 students are not yet meeting grade-level standards. In fact, 60% of the students in California failed to meet the grade-level benchmarks on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in 2019. The uneven distribution of math performance is reflected in California school rankings.

**2021 Public High Schools’ Ranking in California**

There are 3,892 high schools in California, made up of 3,162 public schools and 730 private schools. California has the highest student enrollment and the most schools but ranks last for student/teacher ratio. According to the U.S. Department of Education, Canyon Crest Academy is #1 Best Public High School in California, followed up Henry M. Gunn High School in #2, and Saratoga High School in #3. These rankings are based on state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, high school ratings, and more.

Rank | Public High School | Rank | Public High School |

#1 | Canyon Crest Academy | #26 | Riverside STEM Academy |

#2 | Henry M. Gunn High School | #27 | University High School |

#3 | Saratoga High School | #28 | Woodbridge High School |

#4 | Palo Alto High School | #29 | Campolindo High School |

#5 | California Academy of Mathematics & Science | #30 | Westview High School |

#6 | Troy High School | #31 | Mills High School |

#7 | Palos Verdes Peninsula High School | #32 | Oxford Academy |

#8 | Torrey Pines High School | #33 | Homestead High School |

#9 | Orange County School of the Arts | #34 | Los Gatos High School |

#10 | Carmel High School | ## #35 | South Pasadena Senior High School |

#11 | University High School | #36 | Santa Monica High School |

#12 | Lynbrook High School | #37 | Dougherty Valley High School |

#13 | Whitney High School | #38 | Burlingame High School |

#14 | San Marino High School | #39 | Monta Vista High School |

#15 | Northwood High School | #40 | Crescenta Valley High School |

#16 | Los Altos High School | #41 | Del Norte High School |

#17 | Academy of the Canyons | #42 | Arnold O. Beckman High School |

#18 | Mountain View High School | #43 | Granada Hills Charter |

#19 | Amador Valley High School | #44 | Mt. Everest Academy |

#20 | La Canada High School | #45 | Portola High School |

#21 | Redwood High School | #46 | Cupertino High School |

#22 | Foothill High School | #47 | Carlmont High School |

#23 | Lowell High School | #48 | Piedmont High School |

#24 | Arcadia High School | #49 | Walnut High School |

#25 | Aragon High School | #50 | Corona Del Mar High School |

Based on the state math assessment test scores, 80% of students in Canyon Crest Academy (rank #1) are proficient in math; 62% of students in Corona Del Mar High School (rank #50) are proficient in math; 46% of students in Palisades Charter High School (rank #100) are proficient in math. It’s worth noting that fewer students and parents express satisfaction with teachers in schools with lower rankings.

**New California Math Curriculum**

In an attempt to avoid the discrepancy in math performance and to promote equality, California’s Department of Education is working on revamping the K-12 math curriculum. The new math curriculum is based on the fact that “all students deserve powerful mathematics.” Currently, schools sort many students into different math tracks based on their natural abilities and talents. This system results in some students taking calculus by their senior year, while others remain at the basic algebra level. The new plan calls for students to stay together in math. However, many people also condemn that the new framework would reject and neglect gifted students.

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**Citations:**

California math curriculum spurs new controversy about accelerated learning – https://edsource.org/

Students Meeting or Exceeding Grade-Level Standard in Mathematics (CAASPP), by Grade Level – https://www.kidsdata.org/

California High Schools – https://high-schools.com/directory/ca/

2021 Best Public High Schools in California – https://www.niche.com/

In the Name of Equity, California Will Discourage Students Who Are Gifted at Math – https://reason.com/

California’s newly proposed math framework seeks equity as part of the equation – https://abc7news.com/