SMARTEST PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY SAT SCORES: Looking for the best schools in the valley? Almost any school in the San Juan Unified School District and Placer Union High School District would have you on safe ground. But there are a few down the hill which are viable contenders as well. CK McClatchy (#18) and West Campus (#22), were the only Sac City Unified schools to make the top 25, but they made it. Only one, Pleasant Grove High, from the much touted Elk Grove Unified School District made it in the top 25 (tied with El Dorado High for #20).
Surprisingly, roaring in as a force to be reckoned with are the charter schools! Visions in Education Charter School in San Juan, K-12 (#25), Horizon Charter in West Placer (#24), Charter Community School Home Study Academy in the El Dorado County Office of Education (#5), and Davinci Charter Academy in Davis Joint Unified (#3).
Sacramento City Unified School District would do well perhaps to do what El Camino High (#17) did in the 70’s and return to a strong disciplinary emphasis, a stripped-down college preparatory curriculum, and a contract-supported, enroll-through-application-only process. In 2009, El Camino finally broke the important “800” barrier after two years of changes implemented by its former principal, Mike Stockdale. El Camino has continually met the requirements of the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) outlined under No Child Left Behind mandates, since their inception.(Wikipedia)
So who came in at #1? Mira Loma, Home of the Mighty Matadors! Committed to keeping their children engaged and excited about learning in season and out of season, you only have to search as far as their mission statement to see why this school is so successful year after year:
“Embracing diversity and valuing excellence, Mira Loma High School’s mission is to inspire and educate each student toward academic achievement, critical thinking, intrinsic success and responsible contributions to a peaceful international society by providing innovative, rigorous, student-focused instruction through a rich tradition of high-quality programs and dynamic activities in a safe, compassionate, and collaborative learning environment.”