Foothill and Amador Valley high schools in Pleasanton are among the top 100 best public schools in California, a U.S. News & World Report survey shows.
The report, published in the April 21 edition of the online magazine, ranks Amador Valley at No. 46 and Foothill No. 64 in California.
Nationally, the digital publication ranks Amador Valley No. 256 and Foothill No. 327 out of the 19,400 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia in the survey.
In addition, both schools have been recognized as Gold Medal high schools.
Other Tri-Valley high schools also earned commendable ratings.
Dougherty Valley in the San Ramon Valley school district ranked 67 statewide in the U.S. News & World Report survey and No. 334 nationally, while California High in the same district ranked 199 in the state and No. 947 nationally, and Monte Vista High School in Danville ranked No. 236 in California and No. 1087 nationally.
Dublin High School ranked No. 237 in the state and No. 1091 in the country.
Granada High School in Livermore ranked No. 249 in the state and No. 1139 nationally, with Livermore High ranking 345 statewide and 1537 nationally.
This year, schools with a College Readiness Index (CRI) value of 47.08 or higher were eligible to receive a gold medal, according to U.S. News' ranking methodology.
Amador Valley has a CRI value of 59.2 and Foothill a 55.1, both above the California average. The CRI value is based on the percentages of 12th graders who were tested and passed Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams.
"We are very proud of this recognition as this is a testament to current and former students, teachers, parents and staff members," Foothill Principal Jason Krolikowski said. "We will continue to challenge ourselves through a lens of continuous learning and school connectedness where everyone is valued and appreciated."
Amador Principal Thomas Drescher echoed those sentiments.
"This amazing accomplishment speaks directly to the collective commitment to excellence by the students, teachers, staff, and parent community at Amador Valley," he said.
Pleasanton Unified School District rankings can be found at the U.S. News website.
The district said the rankings were calculated by looking at student performance on state-mandated standardized tests, how effectively schools educated black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students, and performance on AP and IB exams to determine the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work.