Two local high schools made the list of top 100 schools in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings.

Peninsula High took the No. 30 spot in California, down one spot from the 2016 rankings. Palos Verdes High dropped on the annual list as well, from No. 45 in 2016 to No. 85 this year.

The rankings, which were released last week, are based on how well students perform on state tests, whether disadvantaged students exceed the state average on those tests and whether the graduation rate meets or exceeds 75 percent, according to the U.S. News website. Finally, the rankings take into account college readiness, a score based on Advanced Placement participation and test results.

Both schools earned a Gold Medal award from the news organization, a distinction given to the top 500 schools nationwide based on college readiness.

- Cynthia Washicko

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