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Published on August 13, 2019
Wilson High is among most-improved Long Beach public high schoolsPhoto: Unsplash

How do the public high schools in Long Beach stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from Niche.com, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

Wilson High School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Long Beach, rising from a B+ to an A-, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 4400 E. Tenth St., enrolls 3,739 students. Wilson High School serves a diverse population: 57% of students identify as Hispanic, 19% identify as white and 11% identify as black. Niche gave the school mixed grades: B+ on an A-D scale for academics, B for administration and B for clubs and activities.

The overall ranking comes from Niche's proprietary algorithms. A school's ranking might change due to many factors, including the relative rankings of similar schools and whether a school gained or lost peers due to openings or closings. Other numbers come from current public data from the U.S. government.

Academically, 28% of Wilson High School's students scored proficient or above in math, and 59% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 20% in math and 43% in reading.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Millikan High School saw its overall rating improve from an A- to an A. The school is located at 2800 Snowden Ave. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 3,570 students, of whom 49% identify as Hispanic and 30% identify as white.

Niche gave Millikan High School mixed grades: B+ on an A-D scale for academics, A- for administration and B for clubs and activities. The school's latest math proficiency was 30%, and reading proficiency was 61%.

Educational Partnership High School also improved, from a C- to a C. The school is located at 1794 Cedar Ave. and has 804 students currently enrolled, of whom 68% identify as Hispanic and 13% identify as black.

Niche gave Educational Partnership High School mixed grades — C- on an A-D scale for academics, B for administration and C- for clubs and activities. Its latest math proficiency was 5%, and reading proficiency was 17%. The school's improved grade is notable since it serves a less-affluent population, with 72% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

While some public high schools are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • Polytechnic High School, with an overall rating of A.
  • Ernest S. McBride Senior High School, with an A rating overall.
  • Eunice Sato Academy of Math & Science, rated A- overall.

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