U.S. News & World Report honors MCHS as among best high schools 

Students at last year’s Mira Costa High School graduation ceremonies. Photo courtesy MBUSD 

by Hibah Samad

Mira Costa High School, for a second consecutive year, ranked in the top 2 percent of best public high schools in the nation according to the annual “Best High Schools” by U.S. News and World Report. 

Data on nearly 25,000 public high schools were reviewed, and nearly 18,000 schools ranked on six factors, including performance in state assessments for math, reading, and science and how well students are prepared for college. 

In a press release by U.S. News managing editor of education, Liana Loewus wrote, “Having access to a strong high school program is paramount for students as they face an ever-changing world.” 

“Making data on our high schools available helps parents ensure their child is in the educational environment that best sets them up to thrive.” 

Mira Costa has moved up in its overall ranking since last year. The high school climbed 35 spots. U.S. News & World Report also releases rankings at the state and county levels. Mira Costa’s total score is 97.54 out of 100.

“I am thrilled, and we are extremely proud to earn this honor once again,” said Dr. Karina Gerger, Mira Costa principal. “I want to congratulate the Mustang community. The ranking is a reflection of the continuous hard work and dedication of our staff and students. Our exceptional students’ outstanding performance and their passion for being ready for the world is apparent,”

Mira Costa serves 2,587 students and provides a wide range of rigorous courses for students, including 38 Advanced Placement/Honors courses, Career Technical Education 

MBUSD Superintendent Dr. John Bowes also expressed excitement and pride in this recognition. 

“This accomplishment is a testament to the commitment of our administrators, educators, students, and our community partners and members,” Bowes said. “Year after year, Mira Costa students are empowered to achieve educational excellence and participate in our diverse academic opportunities and programs, and also serve the community through service.”

The 2023-24 Manhattan Beach Unified School District school year started on Wednesday, August 23. ER 


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