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San Marcos High School Ranked 11th In Country

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San Marcos High School was ranked third in the state and 11th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's annual academic survey.

San Marcos seniors were all college-ready, the weekly news magazine reported, based on a survey of 577 high schools in California and nearly 22,000 nationwide. Most of the survey data came from 2009-10 academic year.

"Minority'' students make up about 61 percent of the San Marcos student body.

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Ten San Diego Unified School District schools were included in the rankings of nation's top 1,800 schools.

"We thank US News for this recognition,'' Superintendent Bill Kowba said. "Having a diploma from an award-winning school can only help our students as they work to get to college."

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;

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-- 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; and

-- Coronado, 94th and 484th.