31 Alabama Schools Make "America's Best High Schools" List

MONTGOMERY, AL - U.S. News & World Report, one of the nation's leading sources of news analysis and service journalism, recently released its updated list of America's Best High Schools. The list included 31 Alabama high schools that met key criteria and fall into three categories of distinction: gold, silver, and bronze.

The methodology for Best High Schools was developed by School Evaluation Services in collaboration with Andrew Rotherham, co-founder of Education Sector and writer of Eduwonk.com. According to the methodology, a best high school is one that succeeds at the following:

1. Attains performance levels that exceed statistical expectations given the school's relative level of student poverty, as measured by state accountability test scores for all the school's students in the core subjects of reading and math;

2. Achieves proficiency rates on state tests for their least advantaged student groups (e.g., black, Hispanic, and economically disadvantaged students) that exceed state averages; and

3. Prepares its students for college, as measured by student participation in and performance on Advanced Placement (AP) tests, which are administered by the College Board.

The following are highlights of the Alabama schools included in the updated high school rankings:

Gold Award: (Top 100)

Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School (Montgomery)

Silver Awards:

Bob Jones High School (Madison)
Homewood High School (Homewood)
Vestavia Hills High School (Birmingham)
Virgil Grissom High School (Huntsville)

Bronze Awards

Alabama School Of Fine Arts (Birmingham)
Booker T Washington Magnet High School (Montgomery)
Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School (Montgomery)
C F Vigor High School (Prichard)
Carbon Hill High School (Carbon Hill)
Cottonwood High School (Cottonwood)
Florala High School (Florala)
Frisco City High School (Frisco City)
George W Long High School (Skipperville)
Hatton High School (Town Creek)
Hubbertville School (Fayette)
J F Shields High School (Beatrice)
Kinston School (Kinston)
Lafayette High School (Lafayette)
Lexington School (Lexington)
Linden High School (Linden)
Meek High School (Arley)
New Century Technology Demo High School (Huntsville)
North Sand Mountain School (Higdon)
Piedmont High School (Piedmont)
Pike County High School (Brundidge)
Pleasant Home School (Andalusia)
Ramsay High School (Birmingham)
Sweet Water High School (Sweet Water)
Wilcox Central High School (Camden)
Winfield High School (Winfield)

For a complete list of America's Best High Schools, visit http://www.usnews.com/sections/education/high-schools To learn more about a specific school or to compare schools side-by-side, visit http://www.schoolmatters.com/