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One of America's Top High SchoolsPreuss Earns Accolades

When The Preuss School UCSD opened its doors in 1999, no one knew that it would become a national phenomenon. From the donors whose generosity literally built the school to the teachers, students and parents who took a chance to be part of an educational experiment, everyone involved believed in the vision for the school—the idea of equal access to a quality education. But none of them knew that Preuss would achieve the level of success that it has achieved today.

Now, more than 15 years later, Preuss is recognized as a model for success. Preuss was named the top “change-making” school in America by The Daily Beast. For three years in a row, Newsweek named Preuss the top transformative high school in the nation, citing the school’s ability to lead the way in getting low-income and first-generation students ready for college and beyond. The school was also ranked one of the top five charter high schools in California in a report by the University of Southern California, and has been consistently ranked as one of America’s best high schools by Newsweek, The Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report, among others.

Preuss has also earned other accolades including:

  • 2012 MetLife Foundation and National Association of Secondary School Principals “Breakthrough School”— selected for high academic achievement while serving large numbers of students living in poverty.
  • 2011 California Distinguished School—one of 100 exemplary California public middle and high schools selected to receive this prestigious award.
  • U.S. Department of Education 2010 National Blue Ribbon School—recognized as one of the top schools in the nation.

More important than rankings, however, is the fact that Preuss remains dedicated to quality education, community service and its students. Learn more about what sets Preuss apart and makes us a model for success.