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Newport-Mesa Schools Ranked Among the Best
Posted 10/20/21

NMUSD Schools Ranked among best

Several Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Schools were ranked as top performing schools in California by U.S. News and World Report.  

The elementary survey considered more than 5,500 schools in California. Impressively, Anderson Elementary ranked in the top 1.5 percent and Davis Magnet School ranked in the top 3 percent of schools statewide. Eight additional NMUSD schools (Mariners, Newport Coast, Eastbluff, Harbor View, Newport Elementary, Killybrooke, California, and Sonora) also ranked in the top 15 percent of schools statewide. 

Based on rankings of more than 2,300 schools, Ensign Intermediate ranked in the top 8 percent of schools in California. TeWinkle Intermediate ranked in the top 19 percent, Corona del Mar Middle School ranked in the top 20 percent, and Costa Mesa Middle School ranked in the top 28 percent of schools statewide. 

The rankings are determined by student proficiency in mathematics and reading/language arts; taking into account success of students in all socioeconomic demographics.

The high school survey evaluated nearly 2,600 schools in California and more than 24,000 schools nationally. The criteria for high school rankings were based on college readiness, math and reading proficiency and performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum offerings, and graduation rate. 

Corona del Mar High School ranked in the top 5 percent in California and the top 4 percent nationally. Nationally, Newport Harbor High School ranked in the top 13 percent, Costa Mesa High School ranked in the top 16 percent, Early College High School ranked in the top 20 percent, and Estancia High School ranked in the top 22 percent.

“We have amazing students and dedicated educators whose efforts have a direct impact on student achievement,” said Superintendent Dr. Wesley Smith. “We are extremely proud of all our schools for their commitment to student success,” he said. 

NMUSD serves more than 18,000 students in Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. To learn more about these rankings, visit the U.S. News and World Report website