US News and World Report published its list of best high schools and according to the report, the looked at "more than 21,000 public high schools in 48 states" to come up with a list of the top 100. Three Silicon Valley high schools made the list:
73. Monta Vista High, Cupertino
74. Henry M. Gunn High, Palo Alto
80. Saratoga High, Saratoga
These awards were based on how well-prepared students are for college as measured by Advanced Placement (AP) tests.
California, as a state, did very well in the rankings, placing #4 out of all rated states --- this means that out of all the high schools rated by US News and World Report, California has a higher percentage of silver and gold medal recipients than all but three states, based on the same criteria above.
Of California's 1,999 high schools rated, 126 (6.3%) received silver or gold. The number one state, Massachusetts had 338 high schools rated and 29 (8.6%) silver and gold medalists.
US News' rating by AP score is different from California's standardized testing and Academic Performance Index (API), which focuses on California's own standardized tests. It's no surprise that Bay Area high schools Monta Vista, Gunn and Saratoga each have API scores that are some of the best in California, exceeding 900 (out of 1000).