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High schools and college readiness

One of the big hopes for many parents when it comes to their child’s high school education is that it will well-prepare their child for college and the future. How prepared for college a child actually is upon leaving high school can be influenced by many factors. One such factor is the quality of the high school they attend.

A recent evaluation looked at the quality of the nation’s public high schools based on certain factors, including college readiness. Tens of thousands of U.S. high schools were reviewed in this evaluation, which was done by U.S. News & World Report. Of these schools, the evaluation gave 500 a “Gold” ranking, a little over 2,100 a “Silver” ranking and nearly 3,500 a “Bronze” ranking. Gold schools ranked the highest for college readiness.

San Diego County saw a fair number of its schools get one of these three medal rankings. For example, in the San Diego Unified School District, three schools received a gold ranking, 13 schools were ranked silver and seven were given a bronze ranking. This school district also had the highest-ranking school in the county. That school, which was in the gold level, held the fifth highest ranking in the state and the 54th highest ranking in the nation.

How good of a job, overall, do you think high schools in San Diego County are doing at preparing their students for college?

Now, for students with disabilities, there are some special factors that can play a big part in how ready they would be for college when their time at high school comes to an end. This includes the quality of the special education programs at their school and what kinds of things regarding transition planning (such as planning for a possible future transition to college) are included in their IEP. So, when working with their child’s school on IEP issues regarding transition planning, parents of special needs students may want a skilled lawyer’s guidance on what they can do to help ensure their child’s IEP is well-tailored to their child’s post-high-school goals.

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune, “County well represented on U.S. News best high schools list,” Laura Groch, May 4, 2017

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