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22 May 2012

28 of America's Best High Schools Call Georgia Home [UPDATED]

Newsweek magazine is out with a new study that says 1,000 high schools across America are "the most effective in turning out college-ready grads."

Twenty-eight Georgia schools made the list.

Good news: despite shrunken state coffers, the quality of public schools is by many measures improving.

Who is leading the charge? This year, our ranking highlights the best 1,000 public high schools in the nation—the ones that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads. At these schools, 91 percent were accepted to college, with an average AP score of 3.4 (out of 5 )—21 percent above the 2.8 average for public-school students.

Streib and Yarett (2012-5-21). 1,000 Schools That Made the Grade. The Daily Beast. Retrieved on 2012-5-22.

The highest ranking school in Georgia is Augusta's John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School. The average SAT score at Davidson is 1665. The graduation rate is 100%, and 100% of Davidson's graduates are college bound.

Fulton County is home to six of the high schools featured in the Newsweek rankings. Those six schools --Northview, Chattahoochee, Alpharetta, Milton, Riverwood, and Johns Creek-- send 95% of their graduates, on average, to college.

Commissioner Liz Hausmann (R - Johns Creek), who represents the area where five of high ranking high schools are located, said she was not surprised to see the schools on the list.

"It would be a surprise if they were not on the list as they usually are nationally ranked," Hausmann commented.