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The magazine today released its annual rankings, which aim to show parents which schools best prepare students for college-level work. According to the magazine’s website, it uses state-mandated assessments, as well as schools’ education of their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students, in the rankings.
Students’ performance on Advanced Placement tests and in International Baccalaureate programs, where applicable, is also taken into consideration. The magazine looked at more than 21,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia.
Bob Jones was ranked 5th in Alabama and No. 802 in the nation, according to the website. Grissom was ranked 7th in the state and No. 890 in the nation.
Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery was named the No. 1 public high school in Alabama and 7th in the U.S. It was the only Alabama school to be ranked in the top 300 nationwide.
The No. 2 school in Alabama was Mountain Brook High School, which was ranked No. 378 in the nation.
To see the full list of Alabama rankings, click here.
To learn more about U.S. News & World Report’s annual high school rankings, visitusnews.com/education/best-high-schools.
Redstone-Huntsville Chapter of the Association of the United States Army‘s efforts to land a major meeting has paid off.
AUSA will host its 2014 AUSA Winter Symposium and Exposition in Huntsville. It’s the first time the Rocket City has hosted the meeting, which attracts thousands of military and civilian officials. The symposium is conducted on alternate years with the support from a featured command, normally Army Materiel Command or Army Training and Doctrine Command. In recent years it has been held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
AMC, based at Redstone Arsenal, will be the 2014 featured command.
In January, the Redstone-Huntsville Chapter hosted AUSA’s Senior Leadership Reception with retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, president and chief operating officer of AUSA, and retired CSM Jimmie D. Spencer, director for noncommissioned officer and soldier program of AUSA. Local AUSA officials said the event gave them the chance to demonstrate Huntsville’s capabilities in hosting a major event.
“We were trying to show the capabilities we have at places like the Von Braun Center and Davidson Center and hotels to support things like conventions,” Paul Elliott, president of the Redstone-Huntsville AUSA, said at the time.
The visit apparently paid off, as did Huntsville’s large military presence.
“Locating our 2014 symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, with its close proximity to AMC headquarters, will allow us to maximize military, civilian and industry attendance during this period of constrained budgets and limited resources. This is a superb opportunity for their professional development and remains very cost effective,” Sullivan said.
“As a well-respected professional development forum, the Association’s annual winter symposium and exposition will continue to provide an all-important platform for participants to learn about and see not only what the Army needs, but also what industry is developing in the latest and best technologies to arm, equip, sustain and protect our soldiers for the future fight.”
The Redstone-Huntsville Chapter a multiple-year winner of the AUSA Best Chapter Award – has more than 2,600 military and civilian members.
Consistent with where the market closed in January and February, Alabama residential sales in March continued to “steadily” improve, up 5.8 percent compared to the same period a year earlier. Across Alabama in March, sixty-four percent of local markets reported on par or positive sales growth compared to last March reflecting there is still room for more improvement.
March statewide residential sales improved 20.4 percent from the prior month. This movement is consistent with seasonal patterns and historical data that indicates that March sales, on average (’08-’12), increase from the month of February by 30.0 percent. In comparison, US sales rose .4 percent from last month while the South region also improved by 1.0 percent from the prior month.
Pricing: The statewide median selling price in March was $124,988, an increase of 5.5 percent from last March. Historical data (’08-’12) reflects that the March median selling price traditionally increase from the month of February by 3.6 percent. Nationally, NAR states that distressed homes – foreclosures and short sales – accounted for 21 percent of March sales (13 percent were foreclosures and 8 percent were short sales), Foreclosures typically sold for an average 15 percent below market price in March, while short sales were discounted 13 percent.
Local Results: 16 out of the 25 local reporting associations (64% – this is slightly down from 68% in February) reflect sales gains from last March. In March, sales in metro markets (up 9% from last year) outperformed both midsize markets(up 2%) and small markets (unchanged). All 5 major metro areas representing 70% of Alabama sales have an overall positive year-over-year growth rate of 10 percent.
Come have a toe-tappin, barbeque-eatin’ good time and best of all it’s all for a good cause. All proceeds benefit EarlyWorks Children’s Museum and educational programs for area children.
May 3rd & May 4th
Friday – 4pm – 11pm
Saturday – 10am – 11pm
Historic Huntsville Depot
320 Church Street
Parking is downtown street parking.
Gateways are at the Church Street and Monroe intersections, the Church Street entrance of the Depot and on Meridian Street across from Walker Avenue.
via WhistleStop Weekend.
At No. 19, Huntsville is the highest ranking metro in the state with Birmingham coming in at No. 40, Montgomery at No. 98; Tuscaloosa at No. 173; Columbus, Ga./Phenix City, Al. at No. 175; Mobile at No. 221 ; Auburn/Opelika at No. 257; Dothan at No. 289; Florence-Muscle Shoals at No. 302; Decatur at No. 346; and Anniston-Oxford at No. 334. Policom annually ranks 366 metropolitan areas.
Washington D.C. received the highest ranking for the third year in a row.
“The top rated areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period of time,” Policom President William Furth said in a press release. “The rankings do not reflect the latest ‘hotspot’ or boom town, but the areas which have the best economic foundation.”
Policom’s study measured 23 different economic factors over a 20-year period to come up with the annual rankings, according to the firm’s website.