UP is top-ranked local school

University Prep earns third straight Gold Medal ranking from U.S. News & World Report
Posted on 04/20/2016

VICTORVILLE — University Preparatory School added to its long list of accolades this week with a third straight Gold Medal ranking from U.S. News & World Report.


University Prep, a grade 7-12 public school of choice within the Victor Valley Union High School District, was ranked No. 66 in the state and No. 411 in the country by U.S. News in the magazine’s 2016 Best High Schools rankings.


University Prep is the only school in San Bernardino County ranked in the top 100 in the state or the top 500 nationally. In the High Desert, the next-highest ranking school is Apple Valley's Academy for Academic Excellence, which ranks 425th in the state and 2,241st nationally according to U.S. News.


“This is a direct correlation to the hard work of our faculty, staff, students and parents of UP,” Principal Valerie Hatcher said.


“The overall goal is to be No. 1, so we’re still pursuing Whitney,” Hatcher added, referring to No. 1-ranked Whitney High School in Cerritos.


One of the key factors for the rankings is college readiness, and U.S. News gave UP a college readiness score of 58.9 — roughly twice the state average. UP has also earned a National Blue Ribbon Award and a Title 1 Academic Achievement Award, as well as being named a California Distinguished School.


“University Prep continues to set the bar high, not just for our district but for the entire High Desert,” Victor Valley Union High School District Superintendent Ron Williams said. “The ultimate goal of our district is to prepare young men and women for college and the workforce, and UP is achieving that goal with its students year after year.”