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story.lead_photo.caption California High School Photo by David Wilson / California Democrat.

California High School has been given the grade of A-minus by Niche.com, ranking it 63rd among Missouri's high schools.

In Mid-Missouri, the Pintos rank third ahead of Blair Oaks, Southern Boone, Boonville, Battle and Jefferson City high schools. Only four Mid-Missouri high schools ranked in the top 100 statewide.

"We appreciate they have a place (on the website) where parents and students can provide testimony; many have made complimentary statements," Superintendent Dwight Sanders said.

"We feel good our students appreciate the efforts of our teachers and our efforts to make a welcoming environment."

This may be the highest the local school has done in this ranking, he said.

The education research website factored test scores, diversity, student surveys, teacher salaries, available clubs and activities, health and safety, spending per student and other criteria into their rankings, its website said.

The elementary school received a B-plus and the middle school a B.

The district overall earned a B-plus, ranking 80th out of 454 districts.

The high school's lowest grade was a C+ for food and the highest score was an A-minus for teachers. They received a B-plus in academics and clubs/activities; a B for diversity, college prep and resources/facilities; and a B-minus for health and safety, sports and administration.

Niche.com also graded the community with a B-plus, with an A for cost of living and an A-minus for being "good for families." Diversity scored a B, and crime and safety got a C-plus.

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