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Cibola ranked among top 26 percent of high schools in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Cibola High School was ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 26 percent of high schools in the nation in their annual Best High Schools report.


Nearly 25,000 high schools across the United States were evaluated. To earn the national rank, schools are rated on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college.


“I want to express my gratitude to our dedicated teachers and staff, both past and present, supportive community, and, most importantly, our exceptional students for making this achievement possible,” CHS Principal Corey Semler said.  “It is a reflection of the passion and determination that each member of our Raider family brings to their work every day. While this accolade is a moment of celebration, it also comes with a responsibility to maintain and surpass the high standards we have set. It is a reminder that we must continue to innovate, adapt, and provide our students with the best educational experience we can offer.”


Cibola offers courses in multiple disciplines with a focus on academic rigor through Cambridge Curriculum and more than a dozen Career and Technical Education programs. The school also offers AVID, Advanced Placement courses, and dual-enrollment courses to its more than 2,400 students. 


“At Cibola, excellence is our culture,” CHS English and AVID teacher Kristin Collins said. “Every day our classrooms reflect innovation, success, and empowerment. Cibola's students are talented and dedicated, and our staff works hard to prepare them for college, career and community. We are proud to be recognized among the best schools in America.”


Cibola is the second largest school in Yuma Union High School District. It opened in 1988 and its name is derived from a legend in Spanish history about great and limitless riches in the Seven Cities of Gold. Students selected Raiders as their school mascot.

Christian Magana