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PYLUSD and Orange County

PYLUSD High Schools Rank Among Nation's Best in Latest U.S. News and World Report 
U.S. News and World Report
The U.S. News and World Report recently released its 2023-2024 Best High Schools Rankings. The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) is proud to announce that all four comprehensive high schools were highly ranked in the Los Angeles Metro Area, California, and across the nation. Congratulations to El Dorado, Esperanza, Valencia, and Yorba Linda for earning impressive standings!
Notably, all four PYLUSD campuses were ranked in the top 9% of the nation’s 25,000 high schools. Of the 2,613 high schools across the state, all four campuses held positions in the top 315 schools or the top 12% in California. The rankings also highlighted each school’s high participation rate in Advanced Placement courses, graduation rates that are well above the state median, and state assessment proficiency.
Many news outlets have published rank school programs over the years; however, U.S. News is one of the most widely recognized and consistent, publishing its rankings annually. To determine the rankings, U.S. News examines indicators in six areas—college readiness, state assessment proficiency, state assessment performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth, and graduation rates. “College readiness” measured participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

To see U.S. News and World Report’s list of 2023-2024 Best U.S. High Schools, visit
International Students participate in a wide variety of classes and activities including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Honors, championship sports teams, award-winning academic teams, and prestigious visual and performing arts programs. After graduation, our students attend some of the best colleges and universities in the world.
The PYLUSD is located in the northeast corner of Orange County, 30 miles east of Los Angeles. It is a short drive to some of the most beautiful beaches and world-famous attractions in southern California. In the winter the local mountains provide the opportunity to enjoy cold weather activities such as skiing and snowboarding. There are an abundance of recreation and leisure opportunities including world-renowned shopping centers, theme parks, professional sports teams, entertainment venues, and beautiful parks with hiking and biking trails to explore. The weather is mild and sunny, the community is safe, the people are friendly and the schools are exceptional!