The Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD) has announced West Campus High School in South Sacramento was distinguished on Thursday, April 11, 2013, as a 2013 California Distinguished School — a prize that recognizes the innovative magnet school for its excellent teaching, college-going culture, and dedication to closing academic achievement gaps.

Although 51 percent of West Campus’ diverse students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch — the federal poverly theshold — the school consistently ranks among the highest performing in the state. West Campus has an Academic Performance Index of 913, well over the state’s target for all schools of 800. API is based on standardized test scores. West Campus also enjoys a graduation rate of 98.5 percent, the highest in SCUSD.

All demographic student groups at West Campus have an API rank over 883, including English language learners and socio-economically disadvantaged students.

Only 218 public, middle and high schools in California were recognized as 2013 Distinguished School, and only five were in Sacramento County.


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