Gwinnett County Public Schools had 21 high schools ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best High School Rankings,” including the No. 6 public school in the country — Gwinnett School of Math, Science in Technology.
GSMST was ranked the No. 1 school in Georgia and the No. 21 STEM School in the country.
The school is in its 12th year and is graduating its ninth class of seniors. The school sets a high standard and envisions students to out-perform its predictors in a culture of integrity. The STEM school has received top-10 rankings in other polls using different methodologies.
“The work our teachers do every day with an integrated and accelerated STEM curriculum supports students towards the development and preparation for graduate schools and professional careers,” GSMST principal IV Bray said. “As a district, Gwinnett County Public Schools provides tremendous supports and structures to help all schools be innovative in ways that help their students and, in the case of GSMST, our students come from every municipality and geographic part of Gwinnett County.”
GCPS had four schools ranked among the top 1,000 in the country. North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee is No. 411, Brookwood High School in Snellville is No. 720 and Mill Creek High School in Hoschton is No. 931.
U.S. News & World Report ranked 17,245 public high schools. Schools were ranked by summing their weighted scores across six indicators of school quality, then each school was given a score from zero to 100.
College readiness carried the most weight with 30%, followed by math and reading proficiency (both 20%), underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rate (all 10%).
To rank STEM schools, U.S. News evaluated the participation and success of those schools’ Advanced Placement students on the science and math exams.
Other ranked schools included Peachtree Ridge High School (No. 1,208) in Suwanee, Parkview High School (No. 1,522) in Lilburn, Dacula High School (No. 1,782), Archer High School (No. 1,965.) in Lawrenceville, Lanier High School (2,001) in Buford, Grayson High School (No. 2,033) in Loganville, Duluth High School (No. 2,130), Collins Hill High School (No. 2,287) in Suwanee, Mountain View High School (No. 2,330) in Lawrenceville, Norcross High School (No. 3,483), Central Gwinnett High School (No. 3,668) in Lawrenceville, Berkmar High School (No. 5,638) in Lilburn, Meadowcreek High School (No. 6,330) in Norcross, South Gwinnett High School (No. 6,971) in Snellville, Shiloh High School (No. 7,500) in Snellville, Discovery High School (No. 7,581) in Lawrenceville and Gwinnett Online Campus (No. 7,840).