California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) for its school rankings, with a score of 1000 considered to be perfect. Scores over 800 are viewed as excellent. The API is annually derived from a complex calculation which uses schools’ scores on state tests. From year to year, this is how California measures its public schools’ academic growth.
The American Indian Public High School is a high-performing charter school in Oakland that opened in 2006-07 as an offshoot from the notorious American Indian Public Charter School, a middle school. A second middle school, AIPCS II was opened in Oakland in 2007-08.
These “American Indian Model” (AIM) schools use the “no excuses” model of education and were included in David Whitman’s Chester Finn-promoted book “Sweating the Small Stuff: Inner-City Schools and the New Paternalism.” Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger visited the original AIPCS school in 2006 and called it “an education miracle”. All three AIM schools consistently rank at the top of California’s API school rankings. The school leaders are not to shy to say that their goal is that 1000 score of “perfection.”
However, when it comes to AIPHS's SAT scores, the school's ranking is nowhere near outstanding. The other local high schools with comparable APIs (> 900) all have substantially higher SAT scores. One could speculate on the possible reasons.