GreatSchools Identifies Top Bay Area High Schools for Latino Families

Top schools are providing the best opportunity for Latino students


Oakland, CA, May 18 2016 — GreatSchools, a national nonprofit helping parents access the information they need to support their child’s learning, released today a list of the Top Bay Area High Schools for Latino Students. The list features exceptional high schools in the
San Francisco Bay Area that are paving the path for educational success for the Latino student community.

The fourteen schools listed have distinguished themselves for the academic success of their Latino students. Latino students make up at least one-third of the student population at these schools, graduate at rates that exceed the state average, and have a high rate of completion for the necessary requirements to enter the University of California or California State University system schools. Latino students at these schools also score higher than 70% of all California students on achievement tests and are often the first in their family to attend college.

“Latino students are the fastest growing demographic group in California schools, but too often they are not receiving the quality instruction and support they need to get on track for college,” said Bill Jackson, GreatSchools CEO. “The administrators, teachers and staff at these 14 schools are an inspiration. They are leading the way in supporting Latino students to prepare for the college journey ahead and access equal opportunity in America.”

Through its partnership with Innovate Public Schools, this year GreatSchools added a Latino rating for all California schools that helps parents see at a glance how a school is doing at preparing Latino students for college.

“Our mission is to make sure that all students, including low-income students and students of color, receive a world-class public education,” said Matt Hammer, CEO of Innovate Public Schools. “Understanding which schools are doing an excellent job serving the Latino community helps parents choose the best school for their child, and also inspires parents to take action to push high schools not achieving similar results to improve.”

Earlier this month, GreatSchools released the Top Bay Area Schools for Low-Income Families. In the coming weeks and months, GreatSchools will continue to highlight top schools that are helping to close the achievement gap and where students and families can find equal opportunity to receive a great education.

The 14 Top Bay Area High Schools for Latino student include:

  1. Middle College High School
  2. Leadership Public Schools-Hayward
  3. Impact Academy of Arts and Technology
  4. KIPP San Jose Collegiate
  5. Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy
  6. Oakland Charter High School
  7. Summit Preparatory Charter High School
  8. University Preparatory Academy Charter
  9. Gateway High School
  10. KIPP King Collegiate High School
  11. Oakland Unity High School
  12. Dozier-Libbey Medical High School
  13. Pioneer High School
  14. Ann Sobrato High School

About GreatSchools:

Founded in 1998, GreatSchools is a national education nonprofit helping parents find high-quality schools, support great learning, and guide their kids to great futures. GreatSchools reaches over half of American families with school-age children each year — more than 55 million people.  GreatSchools offers school quality information gathered from federal, state, and local governments, and from parents, students, and teachers.  Through its GreatKids program, parents can find thousands of articles, videos, learning tools and worksheets to help support their child’s learning.  Headquartered in Oakland, California, GreatSchools partners with cities and states across the country to promote access to school quality data to all American families.


Carrie Goux


GreatSchools is the leading nonprofit providing high-quality information that supports parents pursuing a great education for their child, schools striving for excellence, and communities working to diminish inequities in education. We are the only national organization that collects and analyzes data from all 51 state departments of education and the federal government to provide analysis, insights, and school quality ratings for parents, partners, researchers, and policymakers. Over 49 million users visit GreatSchools’ award-winning website annually to learn about schools in their area, explore research insights, and access thousands of free, evidence-based parenting resources to support their child’s learning and well-being.

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