NEWS Walnut Valley Unified School District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 880 S. Lemon Avenue
May 14, 2015 Walnut, CA 91789
Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources
(909) 595-1261 ext. 31204
Great High Schools
DBHS, WHS medal in latest U.S. News report
WALNUT, CA—U.S. News & World Report has once again listed Diamond Bar and Walnut high schools among the best schools in the state and the nation.
To determine which schools are best preparing their students for college and careers, U.S. News looked at more than 29,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Once again, Diamond Bar High received gold medal status in the report issued on May 12.
Diamond Bar ranked 65th in the state and 348th in the nation.
Additionally, Diamond Bar’s Magnet ranking is 61st and STEM is 87th in the nation.
“Our rankings are a result of a partnership among students, staff, parents, community members, and the district office in supporting the balance provided by our foundations of the four A’s: Academics, Activities, the Arts, and Athletics,” said Principal Catherine Real.
Walnut High was awarded silver medal status and ranked 105th in the state and 542nd in the nation in the 2015 report.
“We were a little disappointed that Walnut didn’t receive the gold medal again this year,” said Principal Jeff Jordan.
“I realize that there are many who look at rankings as the total grade for a school. I am proud of the ranking we have but more importantly, I am really proud of the work that our students and staff do on a daily basis. We are student centered and I am proud that we provide positive opportunities for all students every day. In my opinion, we are focused on doing great things for kids!” Jordan said.
Schools were awarded medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. Advanced Placement test scores or International Baccalaureate test data were also used in the rankings.
This year, 500 high schools received gold medals, 2,027 schools earned silver and 3,990 took home bronze.
“At the center of our foundations is our belief in providing equitable access to opportunities for success to ALL of our students,” Real added.