San Marcos High School was ranked third in the state and 11th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's annual high school survey, which also listed Coronado High among the top schools.
Coronado was 94th in the state and 484th nationally.
The weekly news magazine based its results on a survey of 577 high schools in California and nearly 22,000 nationwide. Most of the survey data came from the 2009-10 academic year.
Ten San Diego Unified School District schools were included in the rankings of nation's top 1,800 schools.
The Preuss School at UC San Diego, a charter school dedicated to students from minority and low-income families, was rated eighth in the state and 44th in the nation.
Other highly ranked San Diego County high schools included:
- La Jolla, 34th in California and 167th nationally;
- Westview, 40th and 218th;
- Canyon Crest Academy, 41st and 220th;
- University City, 66th and 371st, Patrick Henry, 68th and 383rd;
- Scripps Ranch, 69th and 390th;
- San Dieguito Academy, 74th and 402nd;
- Poway High School, 83rd and 449th.
– City News Service