The University of Southern California released its list of the top 10 charter schools in California on Tuesday, which includes two campuses in Los Angeles County.
According to USC, the top charter is the Preuss School, located on the University of California, San Diego campus.
Researchers ranked charter schools based on their financial health, state test scores and dollars spent per classroom. They’ve placed that and other information online for parents, teachers and others to hold schools accountable.
Two L.A. County charters, just a few miles apart in South L.A., also made the top 10 list. The high schools are both run by Alliance College Ready Public Schools, a charter management company. L.A. County has 242 charters, the most of any county in the nation.
It’s the 20th anniversary nationally for charter schools. Scholars say this past year has seen the biggest growth of the publicly-funded campuses.
The complete top 10 list (or top 7, with a four-way tie, depending on how you look at it) is below:
1. The Preuss School UCSD, San Diego (San Diego County)
2. Leadership Public Schools, Hayward (Alameda County)
3. Primary Charter, Tracy (San Joaquin County)
4. Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County)
5. KIPP Bayview Academy, San Francisco (San Francisco County)
6. KIPP Summit Academy, San Lorenzo (Alameda County)
7. (tied for 7th) Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education, Oxnard (Los Angeles County)
Alliance Gertz-Ressler High, Los Angeles (Los Angeles County)
KIPP Heartwood Academy, Alum Rock (Santa Clara County)
University High, Fresno (Fresno County)
Correction: A school was initially omitted from this list and another duplicated.