Ripon High School has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as being among the top 10 percent of California’s 2,399 high schools.
The Best High Schools ranking by the magazine placed Ripon at 240th among 2,399 high schools in California based on college preparedness and other factors such as student participation in advanced placement courses, graduation rates, and student-teacher ratios.
Three other San Joaquin County high schools were in the top 10 percent. Stockton Collegiate International Secondary was 2nd, Lincoln High of Stockton 301st, and Escalon High 452nd.
“The family-friendly positive and safe educational environment of the Ripon Unified School District contributes greatly to Ripon High students’ successes,” said Ripon Unified District Superintendent Ziggy Robeson. “Additionally, extraordinary parental and community support, working together with RUSD staff, helps ensure that our students reach their potential.”
Robeson said that Ripon High’s strong ranking clearly demonstrates the positive results of a well-integrated TK-12 public education program.
Ripon High School offers a wide variety of clubs, student organizations, sports and activities along with numerous placement offerings. The Advanced Placement and Honors course offerings at Ripon High rival schools many times its size, Robeson noted
The US News & World Report noted 50 percent of all Ripon High students are enrolled in an advanced placement course. That compares to 100 percent for Stockton Collegiate Secondary, 47 percent for Lincoln High, and 38 percent for Escalon.
Ripon High has a full complement of electives and Career and Technical offerings ranging from Computer Programming to Diesel Mechanics. The Future Farmers of America and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs are known nationally and their music and art students regularly receive top honors in competitions and art shows.
“Ripon High has something for everyone,” Ripon Principal Lance Morrow said. “We are pleased to be able to offer the individual and personalized attention students need to be successful. Expecting the best of themselves and others is part of their student motto and the district philosophy: ‘We expect excellence.’”
Before graduating from a California high school, students must take 13 specific yearlong courses including three English classes, two math classes and two physical education courses, according to the U.S. News report.
The recognized schools received gold, silver and bronze medal recognition for their scores. Ripon received a silver medal in the list of awards.
“Above all, students at Ripon High are respectful, responsible and highly motivated,” Robeson added. “Students at Ripon High understand the value and meaning of giving back to their community and to achieving their goals. Our staff works diligently at providing extraordinary learning opportunities to continually inspire student learning every day.”