Foothill Named Top Math & Science School in Nation

Foothill High School's academic offerings continue to shine, this time through a popular news magazine's first-ever ranking of the best high schools for math and science.

Foothill ranked 169th in the nation in the new ranking released in late September by U.S. News & World Report. Amador Valley High School ranked 176th.

The magazine's ranking system is based on the key principle that students at the nation's best math and science high schools must take and past a robust curriculum of college-level science and math STEM courses. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math.

Schools were eligible for the new math and science ranking if they had previously been recognized by the magazine as one of the best high schools in the nation. Foothill received a silver medal in the magazine's most recent ranking of best high schools in December 2009. Nationwide, 598 high schools were eligible for the new math and science ranking.

The magazine used a complex series of qualifiers to rank the top 208 math and science high schools in the nation. Bear in mind that Foothill, a public high school, competed with private, charter and magnet schools for this prestigious honor.

Click here for the magazine article that explains exactly how the top 208 math and science high schools were chosen and ranked. Within that article, click on the blue highlighted words "Best High Schools for Math and Science" to view the complete list of schools.

Congrats to Foothill's spectacular teachers and students for once again putting Foothill's outstanding academics squarely in the national spotlight.

Posted Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011