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Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

For the ninth consecutive year, the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology has been named the No. 1 high school in Georgia by U.S. News and World Report.

The 2021 Best High School rankings were released Tuesday, with GSMST taking the top spot in the state and ranking No. 9 nationally. The Lawrenceville school, which had a score of 99.95 out of 100, was also ranked No. 13 among STEM schools in the country.

The latest edition ranks more than 17,800 public high schools throughout the country, measuring how well schools serve students from various social and economic backgrounds.

“Families can use the Best High Schools rankings to see how schools compare at the national, state and local level on factors like graduation rates and college readiness,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The rankings also provide insight into academic performance among underserved groups.”

According to U.S. News & World Report, the methodology used for the rankings takes a holistic approach to evaluating schools, focusing on six factors:

♦ College readiness ( which measures participation and performance on AP and IB exams)

♦ Reading and math proficiency

♦ Reading and math performance

♦ Underserved student performance

♦ College curriculum breadth

♦ Graduation rates

College readiness specifically measures participation and performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams. The data used in this edition is from the 2018-2019 academic school year, and therefore was not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. News and World Report said.

Virginia’s Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology was ranked No. 1 and South Carolina’s Academic Magnet High School was No. 2 in the rankings. They were followed by The Davidson Academy of Nevada, Illinois’ Payton College Preparatory High School and Florida’s School for Advanced Studies to round out the top 5.

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It would be interested to see how many students spirits were systematically broken to achieve that distinction. How many graduates would agree the experience was worth it, or necessary. They certainly did all the could to achieve that status. Missing from the process was; not, nurturing the human spirit.


It's 1 school out of 148, with 68 of those schools being title 1! Gwinnett Math & Science ranks Solo so naturally it's gonna be #1! With the School being 90% minority students as Gwinnett continues to leave out that they have less then 10% white students, The teachers at the school don't even match the demographics naturally the school performance less than 1000 students they have all the tools in the assessee's that they need unlike the other schools. Which is why Change is Needed! Wilbanks has bankrupt Gwinnett with his top heavy administration..


The school is a joke. Graduation rates are high because they weed people out who can't make it through because they were "gifted middle schoolers" who were good enough to make it onto the lottery draw. AP classes are 100% because it's a graduation requirement to take AP Calculus and an AP science class.

School does not prepare you for college or even good college. What's the point of ranked so high when so many students still go to state schools and community colleges. Some teachers are a sham. You're teaching high school, not college.


I guess Alvin Wilbanks didn't do such a bad job. Hopefully the great schools he built will continue with the new superintendent.

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