Mountain View and Los Altos high schools are among the top 600 public schools in the country, according to Newsweek.
Of the 21,000 public schools in the country, Los Altos High is ranked at 372 and Mountain View High at 540, Newsweek reported. The magazine ranks schools depending on the number of advanced placement tests taken and the socioeconomic status of the students, according to a Mountain View-Los Altos High School District press release. In the local high school district, students took 1,764 AP tests, with a passing rate of 79 percent.
The school district has a unique open access policy for Advanced Placement classes, which means that students do not have to meet certain prerequisites to enroll in these courses. As a result of this policy, the number of AP exams taken by students in the local district has increased by 34 percent.
"This ranking is an acknowledgement that all the work that our staff has done to increase access to the most rigorous curriculum is paying off in high achievement for our students," Los Altos High School principal Wynne Satterwhite said in a press release.