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2023 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California

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  1. #1 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Saratoga High School

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    Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

    210 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says This school’s actually amazing academically, but when you take a look at the school beyond that, it’s a terrible environment. It’s no single individual’s fault- not the administration or the....

    Read 210 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1440,

    Average ACT: 33,

  2. #5 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    University High School

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    Irvine Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

    505 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I've had a pretty amazing experience at University High School in Irvine, California. They have provided me with so many opportunities for rigorous learning and opportunities to be involved in so....

    Read 505 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1400,

    Average ACT: 31,

  3. #9 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    California Academy of Mathematics & Science

    Blue checkmark.

    Long Beach Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

    479 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says After sending our son for a year, we are happy to tell that the school is filled with wonderful people.CAMS students are kind, friendly, supporting each other across grades, and caring younger students very well. Parents are very nice and supportive, too.Most teachers have decent backgrounds/careers. It's easy to communicate with teachers and school staffs. Minimal donation/volunteer requests. The school is for students like Engineering, Computer Science, or Bio-technology. Required courses include manufacturing with CNC machines & industrial 3D printers, computer programming, CAD...Located on CSUDH campus, junior/senior students may take the college classes at reasonable cost.More than 50 clubs to choose from. 1/5 students join FRC or VEX Robotics teams. While sports teams are limited, good players compete at tournaments. Dancing teams actively perform at various school...A lot of fun and exciting opportunities at CAMS!.

    Read 479 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1330,

    Average ACT: 30,

  4. #10 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Monta Vista High School

    Fremont Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

    403 Niche users give it an average review of 3.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says It is an overall fun school with many joyful people and teachers! The teachers remain calm and keep us safe even when times of emergency and evacuation. The school emails keep me on date with all the....

    Read 403 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1440,

    Average ACT: 33,

  5. #11 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Lowell High School

    San Francisco Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

    1062 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Lowell overall is a great high school for those looking to take competitive, rigorous courses. With the rigorous and challenging courses (29 APs, 11 honors), however, it is not uncommon for students....

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    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1350,

    Average ACT: 30,

  6. #12 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    La Canada High School

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    La Canada Unified School District, CA,

    7-12,

    349 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Junior says I'll start off with the bullying: There is none. Everyone is nice and helpful to each other. The homework is a bit much but with some encouragement from parents, it's not all that bad. The teachers....

    Read 349 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1360,

    Average ACT: 31,

  7. #13 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Northwood High School

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    Irvine Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

    547 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says I transferred to Northwood Highschool from another school in California. When I was a new student, I was embraced by staff such as my councilor in a way that made me feel safe. They helped me get....

    Read 547 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1380,

    Average ACT: 31,

  8. #14 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Los Altos High School

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    Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

    328 Niche users give it an average review of 3.9 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says I've moved to this school very recently, I used to attend Great Oak High school and moved recently. This school by far has been amazing. Everything from the Teachers to the schools facility are....

    Read 328 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1360,

    Average ACT: 31,

  9. #15 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

    Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

    652 Niche users give it an average review of 4 stars.

    Featured Review: Sophomore says PVPHS is a great choice for kids who are willing to challenge themselves and prepare for college. Most of the teachers are excellent and well-qualified, and I’ve had amazing experiences with many of...However, the student culture here sometimes gets overwhelming—many feel pressure to get perfect grades and be involved in extracurriculars. While kids here are really polite, there’s always an...The pros outnumber the cons significantly: supportive people everywhere you look, some of the best academics in the state, and endless valuable experiences and opportunities.Final tip: Just be sure to find good friends and a decent work-life balance!.

    Read 652 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1350,

    Average ACT: 30,

  10. #16 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Oxford Academy

    Anaheim Union High School District, CA,

    7-12,

    654 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Alum says My experience was mostly great. This is a rigorous school that demands drive and resilience. I learned the skills of HOW to study effectively, become a leader or supporting role, and obtain an....

    Read 654 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1390,

    Average ACT: 32,

  11. #18 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Cupertino High School

    Fremont Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

    487 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Most teachers are enthusiastic about their subject and I can find friendly classmates in just about all of my classes. The campus is really nice and we have access to a lot of academic and tech....

    Read 487 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1390,

    Average ACT: 32,

  12. #20 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Homestead High School

    Fremont Union High School District, CA,

    9-12,

    469 Niche users give it an average review of 3.7 stars.

    Featured Review: Parent says Homestead High School is excellent in terms of academics and extracurricular activities. Students fair well in all the fields and stand first when it comes to a dedication in general. Staff efforts....

    Read 469 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1380,

    Average ACT: 31,

  13. #21 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Mission San Jose High School

    Fremont Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

    405 Niche users give it an average review of 3.4 stars.

    Featured Review: Freshman says Ever since covid has started, perhaps, the first thing on my mind was starting high school. And, now that I am in high school, I do have to mention that it is quite weird without being there in...Also, shoutout to all the leadership students, who keep us entertained and energetic throughout the day with fun concepts, events, and fundraisers!.

    Read 405 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1450,

    Average ACT: 33,

  14. #22 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Orange County School of the Arts

    Blue checkmark.

    Public School,

    SANTA ANA, CA,

    7-12,

    578 Niche users give it an average review of 4.2 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says OCSA is an amazing place, we welcome everyone regardless of your beliefs and personal identifiers. Males can wear a skirt and nail polish and not feel afraid or intimidated. Students are....

    Read 578 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1290,

    Average ACT: 30,

  15. #23 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Amador Valley High School

    Blue checkmark.

    Pleasanton Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

    537 Niche users give it an average review of 4.1 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says Overall, throughout my high school career at Amador Valley High School, I have had nothing but good experiences. The majority of my teachers I have absolutely adored, and always have my best interest....

    Read 537 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1370,

    Average ACT: 31,

  16. #24 Best College Prep Public High Schools in California.

    Arcadia High School

    Arcadia Unified School District, CA,

    9-12,

    1102 Niche users give it an average review of 3.8 stars.

    Featured Review: Senior says During my four years at Arcadia High School, I was challenged very academically. The students here take their education very seriously because they heavily emphasize the importance of getting into a....

    Read 1102 reviews.

    Overall Niche Grade: A+,

    Average SAT: 1360,

    Average ACT: 31,

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