U.S. News ranks GSMST No. 3 in country, two other schools among top 20 in Georgia

U.S. News and World Report top 20 best Georgia high schools

  1. Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology (Lawrenceville)
  2. Davidson Fine Arts (Augusta)
  3. DeKalb School of the Arts (Avondale Estates)
  4. Columbus High (Columbus)
  5. Northview High (Duluth)
  6. Milton High (Alpharetta)
  7. Savannah Arts Academy (Savannah)
  8. Johns Creek High (Johns Creek)
  9. Walton High (Marietta)
  10. Alpharetta High (Alpharetta)
  11. Chamblee Charter High (Chamblee)
  12. Chattahoochee High (Alpharetta)
  13. Lassiter High (Marietta)
  14. Roswell High (Roswell)
  15. Riverwood International Charter (Atlanta)
  16. McIntosh High (Peachtree City)
  17. South Forsyth High (Cumming)
  18. Norcross High (Norcross)
  19. Parkview High (Lilburn)
  20. Johnson Magnet (Augusta)

For a complete list of the rankings, visit www.usnews.com/education

For the second time this month, the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology was listed No. 1 in the state by a national publication.

The U.S. News and World Report this week ranked GSMST the No. 3 high school in the country and No. 1 in Georgia, while Norcross High and Parkview High were each ranked in the top 20 in Georgia.

The magazine partnered with the American Institutes for Research to evaluate schools in three phases. The first two steps looked at overall student performance on state-mandated tests, as well as how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students.

The third step was to determine participation in and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams to evaluate how well schools prepared students for college-level course work.

The Washington Post recently ranked GSMST as the “most challenging” high school in Georgia, and No. 17 most challenging in the country.

GSMST has a 100 percent college readiness score, and a 100 percent AP participation rate. In math end-of-course tests, 52 percent of GSMST students exceeded standards, while 48 percent met standards. In English, 83 percent of students exceeded standards, while 17 percent met standards.

Of GSMST’s 696 students, 75 percent are minority, including 41 percent Asian and 21 percent black. Thirty percent of the school’s students are considered economically disadvantaged, according to the magazine.

Norcross was ranked No. 18 in Georgia and No. 507 nationally; it had a 46.7 percent score on the college readiness index. Eighty-four percent of Norcross’ 3,272 students are proficient in English, while 67 percent were in math.

Of Norcross’ student body, 77 percent are minority, including 32 percent black and 34 percent Hispanic. Sixty four percent of Norcross’ students are considered economically disadvantaged, including 56 percent on the free lunch program.

Parkview, ranked No. 19 in Georgia, has a 45.1 percent college readiness score, while 93 percent of its 2,696 students were proficient in English, and 78 percent were proficient in math. Thirty-six percent of Parkview’s students are considered economically disadvantaged. Fifty nine percent of Parkview's students are minorities, including 24 percent black and 19 percent Asian.

While GSMST was also ranked No. 1 in Georgia last year, other Gwinnett schools slipped in the rankings. This time, Duluth High was ranked No. 25; Collins Hill High No. 27; Central Gwinnett High No. 30; and Buford High No. 33.

Last year, Norcross was eighth; Duluth ninth; Parkview 10th; Peachtree Ridge 11th; Berkmar 13th; Buford 15th; and Meadowcreek 19th.