HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Three North Alabama high schools have been named to Newsweek’s list of the best high schools in the United States.
The schools are among 12 in Alabama that made the list of the 1,000 top schools in the country. Jefferson County International Baccalaureate in Birmingham was the only one of the 12 to rank in the top 100, scoring 6th in the nation.
The schools are ranked based on six components: graduation rate; college matriculation rate; the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests taken by students; the average scores from those tests; average SAT and ACT scores; and the number of AP courses offered per student.
The top ten schools are all charter schools, magnet schools or schools that have selective enrollment or enrollment based on a lottery, according to the list. All but two of the top 25 have 100 percent graduation rates.