Walnut High School places 97 in The Daily Beast’s America’s Top High Schools of 2014 ranking

Walnut High School ranked 97th out of the 30,000 high schools nationwide in The Daily Beast’s America’s Top High Schools of 2014 ranking. Rankings were based on a number of criteria, including graduation rate, rate of students who are college bound, rigor of the curriculum and also the percentage of students who get free or reduced lunch.

“When I saw that, I was ecstatic. It was such a great honor for our school. I was just really excited for our staff and our kids and for the community. It’s a really tremendous accomplishment,” principal Jeff Jordan said. “If you look at the top 100, half of those schools have special administrative requirements, so what’s impressive is that we are a completely open high school.”

Of all the California schools in the top 100 rankings, Walnut was listed as the 11th best high school. Furthermore, in the 10 westernmost states, Walnut High School ranked 19th out of 25 of the top high schools.

“What my philosophy has always been is that we always continue to look at our daily routines and what we offer students, and how we do business everyday. I really believe in the work that you do on a daily basis with your student and staff. This [ranking] is just a byproduct of this,” Jordan said. “We will continue to look at the course offerings, we need to continue looking at the rigor of our program, we need to look at graduation rate, kids meeting all the A through G requirements. And that’s what I really like about our staff, is because when we engage in that type of conversation, then we all look at it collectively and say no, what we’re doing, this is the best that we’re going to get. Or, if we try this, we might be a little bit better, so let’s try it.”

By Brandon Ng and Chantel Chan, News editors

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