Recent data from a national magazine that crunched numbers and compiled percentages from Advanced Placement test scores would seem to upend the age-old notion that students who attend high schools in wealthier neighborhoods automatically achieve better test scores.
In Newsweek's June compilation of America's Top High Schools, which tallied up the Advanced Placement scores at 27,000 high schools across the country, Costa Mesa High School ranked 1,500th and Estancia High School came in at 1,148th. Woodbridge High School in Irvine was 1,490th, while Irvine High School was 993rd.
In all, University High School in Irvine received the best ranking at 146th, Corona del Mar High School, 190th, and Newport Harbor High School came in at 1,395. The two best scores in Orange County were Oxford Academy in Cypress, which received an 11th overall ranking while Troy High School in Fullerton was 55th.