Eight Birmingham area high schools named among nation's
best by Newsweek, The Daily Beast
Eight high schools in the Birmingham-Hoover metro area were picked among the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation by Newsweek and The Daily Beast websites in their recently released annual rankings.
The Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School was the highest ranking school in Alabama and came in 15th in the national ranking by the two websites. Other schools in Jefferson and Shelby counties that made the list include:
The rankings were based on six factors: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advance International Certificate of Education exams taken per student in the school (25 percent), average SAT/ACT test scores (10 percent), average scores on the AP, IB and AICE exams (10 percent) and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP, IB or AICE course (5 percent). In general, the idea is to designate which public high schools in the nation are the most effective in preparing students for college, according to the websites.
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