The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology was ranked the No. 1 school in the metro-Atlanta area according to U.S News and World Report. (File Photo)

U.S. News and World Report ranked 22 Gwinnett County High Schools in its annual Best High Schools By Metro Area ranking, released Wednesday, including the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology as the No. 1 high school in the metro Atlanta area.

Three schools — North Gwinnett (No. 12), Buford (No. 13) and Brookwood (No. 19) high schools — ranked in the top 20 schools in the metro area. Mill Creek (No. 26), Peachtree Ridge (No. 27), Parkview (No. 30), Dacula (No. 31), Archer (No. 33), Lanier (No. 35), Grayson (No. 40), Duluth (No. 43), Collins Hill (No. 49) and Mountain View (No. 50) high schools rounded out the county’s 14 schools in the top 50.

GSMST was also ranked No. 6 overall in the national rankings.

The rankings rate high schools in 933 metro areas in the United States. U.S. News ranked 188 metro-Atlanta schools. U.S. News and social science research firm RTI International ranked more than 17,000 total high schools, between six and seven times larger than the 2,700 ranked last year.

The ranking methodology was altered from last year’s ranking, causing some schools’ standings to change dramatically. U.S. News and RTI calculated scores based on six weighted criteria: college readiness (30%), college curriculum breadth (10%), math and reading proficiency (20%), math and reading performance (20%), underserved student performance (10%) and graduation rate (10%).

“We’ve heard from students, parents and school officials that they’re interested in seeing how their school compares with others in the community,” Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News, said in a release. “With these new rankings, residents in more than 900 metro areas nationwide can see which local schools are succeeding at educating and graduating their students.”{span class=”print_trim”}

The full report can be found here.

Taylor Denman is a reporter born and raised in Gwinnett County. He came back home to seize the rare opportunity of telling stories in the county he grew up in.

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