ABCUSD High Schools Make the Grade - According to U.S. News & World Reports

U.S. News & World Reports has published its 2023-2024 Best High Schools rankings, and ABC Unified School District high schools were ranked among the best in the state and nation. The publication looked at over 1,500 schools in California and nearly 25,000 schools nationwide, ranking them on six metrics. The results - Whitney High School was ranked #2 in California and #17 nationally. Cerritos High School ranked #68 in California and #467 nationally, Gahr High School came in #261 statewide and #1,768 nationally, and Artesia High School ranked at #845 in the state and #6,045 nationwide.

“ABC is consistently recognized as one of the best public school districts in the state and nation, and these rankings are simply a reflection of that,” said Board of Education President Brad Beach. “I want to congratulate our high schools and all of our schools - elementary and middle - for working hard to make sure every student succeeds.”

ABCUSD schools typically rank high in the U.S. News “Best Public High Schools” program. The District’s schools are ranked highly statewide and even higher when compared to other local public school districts. All four ABCUSD comprehensive high schools were ranked in the top half of 673 high schools on the list from Los Angeles County.

“It’s always great to see our schools ranked highly at both the state and national levels,” said Superintendent Dr. Gina Zietlow. “Although this recognition is great, the District is solely focused on ensuring every student has an outstanding education. Rankings may come and go, but the impact our teachers and staff have on students lasts a lifetime.”

U.S. News ranks schools using a methodology that looks at school performance and the achievement of all students. The factors considered are college readiness, state assessment proficiency, state assessment performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rate. More information about this year’s Best Public High School rankings can be found at