U.S. News: Decatur High School Ranks #403 in Nation, #13 in Georgia

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U.S. News and World Report has released its yearly rankings of public high schools based on data from the 2013-14 school year.

Decatur High School ranked #403 nationally and #13 in the state of Georgia, based on U.S. News’ methodology. DHS received a Gold rating from U.S. News with this summary description…

Decatur High School is ranked 13th within Georgia. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Decatur High School is 78 percent. The student body makeup is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 45 percent. Decatur High School is the only high school in the Decatur City.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville ranked #1 in Georgia, followed by Columbus High School in Columbus, GA and DeKalb School of the Arts rounded out the top 3 GA High Schools.

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Decatur High School Ranked 17th Best in State by U.S. News & World Report

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U.S. News and World Report has released its annual list of the top-performing high schools in the country.

On that list, Decatur High School is ranked 17th in the state of Georgia, #476 nationwide and received a “Gold” award from the publication.  You can view a more detailed version of Decatur’s ranking HERE.

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Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville was the #1 ranked school in the state.

U.S. News uses a 3 step methodology to determine ranks.

  • Step 1: The first step determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for students in their state.
  • Step 2: For schools passing this first step, the second step assessed whether their disadvantaged students – black, Hispanic and low-income – were outperforming disadvantaged students in the state.
  • Step 3: Schools that made it through the first two steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college-readiness performance – using Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test data as the benchmarks for success, depending on which program was largest at the school.

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Agnes Scott & Emory Tout U.S. News Rankings

Ah, it’s the school rankings that many people love to hate, but everyone still takes note of.

From Agnes Scott (bolding is mine)…

Agnes Scott College continues to be a school to watch among national liberal arts colleges, according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2011 America’s Best Colleges rankings.

Agnes Scott was ranked No. 6 in the nation in this category, which was based on nominations from college administrators who were asked to name colleges that have made the most “promising and innovative changes” in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

The college also rose to No. 15 on the “Great Schools, Great Prices” ranking for liberal arts colleges, up from No. 22 last year.

Agnes Scott was ranked No. 67 overall among national liberal arts colleges.

And from Emory

For the 18th consecutive year, Emory University is among the top 20 national universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best Colleges” quality rankings. Emory’s Goizueta Business School was 13th in the rankings of undergraduate business programs.

Emory shared the distinction with Rice University of being the only two top-20 institutions also listed in the top 20 for best value (“Great Schools, Great Prices”), and on the top 20 “Up and Comers” list of schools having recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.