STEM Ranking

Piedmont High School is ranked #134 in STEM at the national level by the US News and World Report ranking based on students' performance in AP Science and Math classes.

This means there are 133 public high schools in the nation with better STEM outcomes.

Overall Piedmont ranks #200 nationally amongst public high schools so our STEM ranking is actually better than our overall ranking.

The Bay Area High School STEM rankings are as follows [National Rank in brackets]:

  1. [ #5] (Palo Alto) Henry Gunn High
  2. [ #7] (San Jose) Lynbrook High
  3. [ #8] (Cupertino) Monta Vista High
  4. [#11] (Saratoga) Saratoga High
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  6. [#35] (Orinda) Miramonte High
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  8. [#52] (San Jose) Leland High
  9. [#53] (Larkspur) Redwood High
  10. [#69] (Cupertino) Cupertino High
  11. [#71] (Los Gatos) Los Gatos High
  12. [#74] (Moraga) Campolindo High
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  14. [#76] (Pleasanton) Foothill High
  15. [#82] (La Fayette) Acalanes High
  16. [#85] (Los Altos) Los Altos High
  17. [#95] (Fremont) Irvington High
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  19. [#116] (Pleasanton) Amador Valley High
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  21. [#134] (Piedmont) Piedmont High
  22. [#135] (San Ramon) Dougherty Valley High
  23. [#139] (Albany) Albany High
  24. [#149] (Walnut Creek) Las Lomas High
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I count 15 public schools in the Bay Area that beat Piedmont High in STEM rankings as of 2014.

Note on the STEM ranking methodology:

U.S. News & World Report's STEM rankings methodology was developed is based on the key principle that students at the Best High Schools for STEM must participate in and pass a robust curriculum of college-level math and science courses. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The eligible schools were next judged nationally on their level of math and science participation and success, using Advanced Placement (AP) STEM test data for 2012 graduates as the benchmark to conduct the analysis. The U.S. News Best High Schools for STEM rankings methodology does not rely on any data from the U.S. Department of Education.

AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the country. College Board defines STEM Math as AP courses in Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A, Computer Science AB, and Statistics; and STEM Science as AP courses in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics B, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, and Physics C: Mechanics.

Math and science success at the high school level was assessed by computing a STEM Achievement Index for each school that was included in the top 500 of the 2014 Best High Schools rankings, based on the percentage of its 2012 graduates who were AP test-takers who had also taken and passed college-level AP STEM Math and AP STEM Science tests. The higher a high school scored on the STEM Achievement Index, the better it placed in the Best High Schools for STEM rankings.

Addendum (Oct 2016)

We appear to be doing much better in 2016. Here is a link to that:



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