Nine local schools rank tops in state

Georgia's top schools

  1. Savannah Arts Academy, Chatham County
  2. Davidson Fine Arts, Richmond County
  3. Walton High School, Cobb County
  4. Northview High School, Fulton County
  5. Riverwood International Charter School, Fulton County
  6. Columbus High School, Muscogee County
  7. Lassiter High School, Cobb County
  8. Chamblee Charter High School, DeKalb County
  9. Lakeside High School, DeKalb County
  10. Duluth High School, Gwinnett County
  11. North Oconee High School, Oconee County
  12. Norcross High School, Gwinnett County
  13. Wheeler High School, Cobb County
  14. Parkview High School, Gwinnett County
  15. Peachtree Ridge High School, Gwinnett County
  16. Dalton High School, Dalton City
  17. Berkmar High School, Gwinnett County
  18. Buford High School, Buford City
  19. Grady High School, Atlanta Public Schools
  20. Central Gwinnett High School, Gwinnett County
  21. Lagrange High School, Troup County
  22. Meadowcreek High School, Gwinnett County
  23. Johnson Magnet, Richmond County
  24. Woodstock High School, Cherokee County
  25. Trion High School, Trion City
  26. Cross Keys High School, DeKalb County
  27. Campbell High School, Cobb County
  28. Marietta High School, Marietta City
  29. Lumpkin County High School, Lumpkin County
  30. Shiloh High School, Gwinnett County
  31. Rome High School, Rome City
  32. Union County High School, Union County
  33. Gainesville High School, Gainesville City
  34. Schley High School, Schley County
  35. Stephenson High School, DeKalb County
  36. Johnson High School, Hall County
  37. Calhoun High School, Calhoun City
  38. East Hall, Hall County

Eight Gwinnett County Public Schools and Buford High have been ranked among the top schools in the state by a national magazine. U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools list was released this week, with 38 Georgia schools making the grade in a selection process that involved ranking schools based on how well the facility served students, using performance on state proficiency tests as benchmarks.

Savannah Arts Academy in Chatham County was ranked No. 1 in the state and was the only Georgia school to make the national list of top 100 schools. The magazine also ranked high schools within each state, with the following Gwinnett schools earning top honors: Duluth, No. 10; Norcross; No. 12; Parkview, No. 14; Peachtree Ridge, No. 15; Berkmar, No. 17; Buford, No. 18; Central Gwinnett, No. 20; Meadowcreek, No. 22; and Shiloh, No. 30.

Gwinnett County Public Schools Board Member Dan Seckinger said he was “proud of the schools.”

“I think there should have been even more on the list than that, but I’m very proud of those that made it.”

Buford High School Principal Banks Bitterman said it was “exciting news” that Buford High School made the list. “I’m extremely proud of our faculty and kids for this accomplishment,” he said.

In order to produce the list, the U.S. News and World Report teamed up with one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.

According to the U.S. News and World Report, the organization used a methodology for rankings “based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.”

In order to compile the list, the magazine examined 21,776 public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia.


HonestIngine 3 years, 3 months ago

Way to go all Gwinnett County Schools! Making us proud again....


sst 3 years, 3 months ago

I find it extremely odd that Brookwood does not appear in the list above. Since I've got kids at Archer, I would love to know where that school ranked as well.


news2me 3 years, 3 months ago

This ranking has alot of people in the metro area shaking and scratching their heads. Just look at the Get Schooled comments on the AJC. In my opinion it is like giving a participation award to all instead of a trophy to the real winners. On the bright side, if this encourages folks to buy homes in those more affordable school clusters that are doing better, then all is good.


LoganvilleResident 3 years, 3 months ago

The metrics that the schools are judged on tend to heavily favor low-income minority schools. Many of the measures of success were based on how the schools were serving those populations. Therefore, affluent schools were at a huge disadvantage in the rankings. If your school failed to make the cut, it could simply be because they aren't serving the populations that this survey measured.


ssilover1 3 years, 3 months ago

Now really, guys. You have to understand how the ranking was designed. Look at this: Shiloh, Stephenson, Lakeside, Columbus HSs on the list??? Brookwood not??? Something smeils really rotten and odd.


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