Great Oak Ranks Among Nation's Best Schools

The high school took 1,049th place in a list of the country's best schools.

took a place among the nation's best schools, according to a study published in the U.S. News and World Report.

It earned the rank of 1,049 on the list for its 24-to-1 teacher-student ratio, its students college readiness score and its overall academic performance index rating, according to the study. It also took 204th place on the list of California's best schools.

No other schools in the made the list.

U.S. News partnered with American Institutes for Research to analyze 21,776 public high schools.

The organizations decided the schools' college readiness by looking at the students' Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data. The overall academic performance rating was assessed by looking at the schools' reading and math proficiency tests, which were then corrected to consider the number of disadvantaged students, which typically score lower.

Click here to read about the study's methodology.

Great Oak landed in 700th place last year in an unrelated .

SPB May 08, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I didn't know Jim Carry was a high school principal...
Jeff Walters May 09, 2012 at 03:50 AM
This is indeed a school with some great teachers and staff, with the exception of idiot who is the marching band instructor. this guy stopped thier marching band from becoming an all time great marching band becuase of his ethnic background. Keep your political views to yourself and don't poision our children. Is this idiot still there?
J May 09, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Are you really that pathetic Mr Walters? Do your homework before you make ignorant comments!
Louison Bobet May 09, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Nothing great about charging their students to park at their own high school. Take a look at the surrounding neighborhood during class times and you will find 100's of vehicles parked, many illegally blocking drivesways, easements etc. The scores are great, but that does not represent the entire package.
J May 09, 2012 at 02:41 PM
I hate to be the burden of bad news Louison, but 95% of schools charge to park...has done this for over 20 years in all states not just here. And most of the kids who park on the street do it for many reasons but the biggest one ISN'T because of the fee its because they don't have the mandatory insurance coverage to park on campus...this rule is set by the state and districts. They also park there because it may be closer to their first class. It absolutely amazes me how many people spout off about issues they have no facts about, they just think they know it all.
SPB May 09, 2012 at 02:51 PM
You mean being white? Yeah, that Jerry Burdick... the living, breathing epitome of ethnic extremist... I think you may have him confused with somebody else. Jerry is a great guy and never made anything close to a divisive political comment in the 3 years I had him as my band director.
Larry Kern May 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Larry Kern Here Great Oak HS receives yet another fantastic recognition / accomplishment under the leadership of Joe Balleweg and Tim Ritter and people find a need to comment with bitches about parking, true or untrue allegations of a teacher. I guess I should complain one of my children got cut from one freshman sport, but then went on to become an MVP / scholar athlete in another, and another child used their Great Oak experience, education and motivation to graduate in 3.5 years from a Major University. I attribute a great deal of their success to the teachers and staff at Great Oak. They provided a fantastic educational opportunity to our two youngest Kids and have been nothing but kind and professional to us as parents. Most problems a school will have starts with the ignorance and lack of involvement on the parents part. I say congrats Great Oak, TVUSD, and Parents that love theirs kids and take their education and maturation seriously.
J May 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Very well said....I agree and I also find it sad that instead of being proud to have a school in our community to make this, I feel I have to to defend them for silly things because others can only pick out the negative. My kids also go to GO and I couldn't be more proud of what they have accomplished. Congratulations to you and your child for taking what they've learned, good and bad, and becoming an amazing individual!
TemecuMom May 10, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I found the poll question difficult to answer...Yes, I think GOHS is the best HS in Temecula, but not because of the test scores. I think GOHS is the best because of the great programs offered there. The Adult Bridge program is great, the variety of clubs is impressive, Lois in the front office is awesome, ASL as a foreign language is wonderful - there is just too much to list! GOHS is awesome because it serves all of its diverse learners, not just the students who score well on tests, but also those students who need extra help. Congrats to them for their achievement!
Jeff Walters May 10, 2012 at 04:55 AM
The "ralley" that I attended and where I read first hand what was written by the band director is why the above comment was made. It appears that not only are our children in the hands of others to raise, (in the public school sysytem), they are also subject to those teachers beliefs and comments. I strongly disagree with how the teachers are paid, they should get paid on thier measure of performance, not by just being a teacher. However they should have to contribute more, a lot more, into thier retirement. There is no reason why up to almost 50% of the schools money goes to teachers saleries and retirement funds. They overall affect the band directors "words of wisdom" while speaking out against an improvised federal law, should take center stage over the bands ability to attend a competition. The overall sad state of affiars that has now infected our public schools with matters of church and state, do not lend supoport to our childrens upbringing. Redo the payment schedule, do what will benefit the overall future of America. Not just a select few. I am a self educated man with many found memories of my entire time in the public school sysytem, all 12 years worth. Keep politics, religion and personal beliefs along with comments out of our childrens minds, they have to contend with.
KB May 10, 2012 at 06:56 AM
For those of you that don't attend Great Oak, don't buy into these phony baloney rankings. You can get a great education at any high school in Temecula; and go on to be successful in college and beyond. But I'm sure you know this already... And seriously, 1049th... And BTW, when I took my physics classes at UCSD, there were about 600 students in the lecture section - if your going to compete and be a success at that level you might as well get used to that sort of ratio anyway.
stef May 11, 2012 at 02:42 AM
With the support and care Great Oak received from the then principal and now superintendent to a local casino it should be higher than 1049th! I think that number is actually quite embarrassing. TVHS is, hands down, THE best high school in Temecula and finally has a great principal. TVUSD, you should have hired Jim Sauder for CHS principal. You let a great leader get away.
Michael November 06, 2012 at 12:48 AM
It is true Great Oak is a good ranking. I am guessing you are a ganster from TVHS so you decided to try to lure parents away from that school
Michael November 06, 2012 at 12:50 AM
If TVHS was better then I would like to see them ranked in that top of a school. Once TVHS gets higher test scores and ranks higher in the nation then you can say it is better. But, sorry TVHS is a bunch of stupid kids who go to school, smoke weed, then go home and burn their homework. Except for my mormon friends there. Great Oak according to the facts above is the best school in Temecula


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