Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Principal Jeff Mathews and the staff, students and teachers of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology were on cloud nine Tuesday.
News came that morning that the U.S. News & World Report had named the Gwinnett County Public Schools charter school the No. 3 high school in the nation.
According to the 2013 list of Best High Schools Rankings, GSMST ranked third. In first place was a school for the talented and gifted in Texas and in second, a learning facility in Arizona.
According to a news release from U.S. News & World Report, the list was assembled based on three attributes: the first two "ensured that the schools served all their students well" by using state proficiency standards; and the third measured the college readiness of students.
Mathews attributed the school's success to the district as a whole.
"The rankings are extremely complimentary, and metrics can be very specific, but the bigger message is that teaching and learning is alive and well in GCPS," Mathews said. "We have quite a few incredible high schools in this district that did not make the list. GSMST considers it a privilege to learn from each and every high school and cluster in the county as we all work to advance student achievement within the district."
Enrollment at the charter school is open to all students in GCPS, but due to the number of interested students, an annual lottery is held to determine who gets in.
GSMST is a Georgia Department of Education STEM-certified school. The learning facility offers students an opportunity to study in three broad areas of focus: bioscience, engineering and emerging technologies.
According to the news release, the national list of elite schools included school-specific data on location, enrollment, ethnicity, school type and results of state assessment proficiency tests and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using the data, U.S. News gave each school a college readiness index score, then numerically ranked them.
In Georgia rankings, GSMST was first; Norcross High School eighth; Duluth ninth; Parkview 10th; Peachtree Ridge 11th; Berkmar 13th; Buford 15th; and Meadowcreek 19th.
"A good high school education is vital to preparing a student for moving on to college or entering the workforce," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News & World Report. "The new 2013 Best High Schools rankings will help both sutdents and parents wade through the increasing public school options available."
U.S. News & World Report is a publisher of news and analysis, which can be found at www.usnews.com and www.rankingsandreviews.com.