Three California schools appear in the list of the top 25 schools most successful in preparing students for college, according to the Washington Post's controversial "Challenge Index" published yesterday.
They are hardly typical California schools.
The highest-ranked school in California is the Northcoast Preparatory and Performing Arts Academy, a ninth-through-12th-grade charter school with 123 students in Arcata on the California-Oregon border. All students are required to take International Baccalaureate classes, which consist of two-year courses of study recognized by universities around the world.
Eighteenth on the Challenge Index list is the Oxford Academy in Cypress, north of San Bernardino. Although a public school, students need a minimum grade point average to be admitted, and must take a rigorous entrance exam. If they don't maintain their GPA, they have to transfer to another school in the Cypress school district.