GSMST changing math requirements, charter status (copy)

The top-ranked school in the state again resides in Gwinnett County, according to U.S. News and World Report, which released its 2020 Best High School rankings on Tuesday.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology is ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 12 nationally by the publication. The Lawrenceville school was also ranked No. 13 among STEM schools in the country.

It's the eight consecutive year GSMST has topped the Georgia rankings put out by U.S. News & World Report.

“The students at GSMST come here to accept a challenge of rigor and a performance expectation of excellence and our faculty and staff do their part each day to make that happen," Principal IV Bray said. "I could not be more proud of the GSMST community for continuing the academic success for which Gwinnett County Public Schools is known across the nation.”

GSMST was one of three schools in Gwinnett to rank in the top 20 in the state. Buford High School was ranked No. 13 and North Gwinnett was ranked No. 18. Eleven Gwinnett schools were ranked in the top 50 among Georgia schools.

To see where all Gwinnett schools ranked, click HERE.

“The Best High Schools rankings provide the most comprehensive, data-based information on nearly every public high school in the country,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “Families can use this information to see how their local schools compare on graduation rates and state assessments, as well as academic performance by students who are traditionally underserved – those who are black, Hispanic or from low-income households.”

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

Rounding out the top five schools in Georgia in the U.S. News & World Report rankings are Davidson Magnet School in Augusta at No. 2, Columbus High School at No. 3, DeKalb School of the Arts in Avondale Estates at No. 4 and Walton High School in Cobb County at No. 5.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. was rated as the top high school in the nation.

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