PUSD, Amador Valley ranked No. 1 in Alameda County, among state's best

Other Pleasanton schools place high in rankings

An online research organization known for methodically ranking and reviewing schools and school districts around the country issued top honors to Pleasanton Unified School District and several of its campuses last week.

Making a jump from last year, PUSD climbed from its previous No. 17 standing to become rated the No. 11 public school district in California for’s 2020 Best Schools Ratings. PUSD was also named the best public school district in Alameda County by the website, and No. 10 among California school districts with the best teachers.

Amador Valley High School ranked first and Foothill High placed second as the top two Alameda County public high schools, and Harvest Park ranked first among public middle schools in the county, according to Niche.

All nine PUSD elementary schools placed in the top 20 in the public elementary school category for the county, including Fairlands Elementary coming in first for public elementary schools in the county.

“While this is just one measure of quality, we are thrilled that these ratings reflect the excellence we strive for as a district team and realize in our schools and classrooms,” Superintendent David Haglund said in a statement. He also thanked the district’s “amazing team of administrators, educators, support staff, families and students for being integral parts to our success.”

Rankings and ratings on Niche are determined by using a variety of factors including publicly available data sets, statistical methods, advanced algorithms, and reviews that are submitted on their website from students, parents and residents.

Other Tri-Valley schools that fared well in this year’s results include Dublin High School, which took fourth place among best public high schools in Alameda County. Both Dublin Unified School District (No. 3) and Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (No. 8) ranked among the top 10 public school districts in the county.

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