If you want to send your child to one of the best high schools in the nation, you won't have to go far. It's right here in Montgomery.
U.S. News and World Report recently updated its list of America's best high schools and a school in Alabama's capital city is near the top.
In the early 1940's, the old Loveless school was the first high school for African American students in Montgomery. Today, it's home to the Loveless Academic Magnet Program or LAMP.
"It's not about the looks of a building, but what goes on inside," said principal Liz Norman.
LAMP earned U.S. News and World Report's "gold" designation, placing it in the top 100 high schools nationwide. Among the criteria the magazine used is the way in which the school prepares its students for college.
LAMP's science and scholars' bowl teams are national finalists. It is home to a national biology teacher of the year. And LAMP's freshmen are often ahead of students considered juniors at other schools.
"I'm going to start taking AP courses next year and they're just now taking AP courses as juniors," explained LAMP freshman Jillian Bibbins.
Freshman Timothy Simpkins says he already feels more prepared for college.
"There's a teacher here who's pretty hard, but when you get to college, you'll know how to do your work," he said.
Calculus teacher Kelley Rouze said she wasn't surprised to hear about the magazine's designation.
"We have good parental involvement here, students who truly want to learn, and that allows the teachers to be at their best every day," Rouze said.
"It's climate," explained Norman. "It's a culture that's been set here of pursuing excellence and doing well academically."
Two other Montgomery schools were dubbed 'bronze' winners by U.S. News and World Report -- BTW Magnet School and Brewbaker Technology Magnet. Below is a complete list of Alabama schools included in the report.