Cypress school ranks highest in Southern California in Newsweek ranking

A college preparatory high school in Anaheim is the highest-ranking Southern California school in Newsweek magazine's compilation of 1,600 top American schools.

Oxford Academy in Cypress, a magnet school that requires all of its students to take "a comprehensive honors curriculum," including at least five college-level classes, ranked number 11 in the annual list.

The school, run by the Anaheim Union High School District, requires its students to choose either a business or biotechnology/medical curriculum pathway during 10th grade.

Five campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District placed in the top 200 schools, Newsweek announced today on its website.

Other Southern California schools ranking in the top 200 are:

– Preuss School UCSD in La Jolla, ranked number 16;

– Troy High School, Fullerton, 53;

– Van Nuys High School, 55;

– Los Angeles Center For Enriched Studies, Mid City, 64;

– San Diego High School for International Studies, 89;

– Animo Venice Charter School, 103;

– Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, 124;

– University High School, Irvine, 146;

– North Hollywood High School, 149;

– Hawthorne Math and Science Academy, 163;

– Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, 178;

– Cerritos High School, 181;

– Corona del Mar High School, 187; and

– Canyon Crest High School, Encinitas, 197.

Newsweek compiles the annual list based on the number of Advanced Placement classes, and on standardized test scores.