Newsweek ranks local school among nation's Top 20
A college preparatory high school on the UCSD campus, which aims to equip disadvantaged children with skills to excel at the university level, is the highest-ranking San Diego County school in Newsweek magazine's compilation of 1,600 top American schools.

Preuss School UCSD is ranked No. 16 in Newsweek's annual survey. Last year the magazine ranked Preuss No. 10 in the country.

The school, which is on the UCSD campus in La Jolla, is a charter school within the San Diego Unified School District. Its goal is to provide a rigorous college prep education for motivated low-income students aiming to become the first in their families to graduate from college.

Oxford Academy, in the Orange County suburban community of Cypress, is the highest-rated Southern California school, ranked number 11.

Other San Diego County schools ranking in the top 200 are the San Diego High School for International Studies, rated number 89; Torrey Pines High School in La Jolla, 124; and Canyon Crest High School in Encinitas, 197.

Newsweek compiles the annual list based on the number of Advanced Placement classes, and on standardized test scores.