DeKalb School of Arts, Chamblee Charter High Make Newsweek Tops

In various national ratings of public high schools, two in DeKalb County consistently rise to the top. DeKalb School of the Arts in Avondale Estates and Chamblee Charter High, which both scored high in a U.S. News and World Report list this past spring, have done it again with the prestigious Newsweek ratings of the best high schools in the country. From a list of 15,819 public high schools in America, the poll first narrowed the field to 6, 477.


Key criteria included: college enrollment, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, Advanced Place-ment/International Baccalaureate/ dual enrollment options for college level courses offered in high school and the ratio of counselors to student enrollment. All measurements were used for a “college readiness index” to show how well high schools prepare students for the next level.


In a field narrowed down to 4,760 public high schools based on competitiveness with the criteria, Thomas Jefferson High in Alexandria, VA took the top spot for the third year in a row. Ten high schools from Georgia made the list. Northview High in Johns Creek was top in the state and 132nd overall. DeKalb School of the Arts came in 2nd in GA and 177 overall. Chamblee Charter High School is 7th in Georgia and number 431 nationally. (Other nationally ranked schools in the Metro were Chattahoochee High, Johns Creek, 281; Pope High, Marietta, 297, Harrison High, Kennesaw, 334; and Brookwood High, Snellville, 447.) The research, analytics and objective measurements used by Newsweek create unusually high standards and it is hard to make the cut. It is very good to know that two DeKalb County public high schools registered such excellence.


Dr. Paul Hudson, a historian at GSU Perimeter College, writes columns for Hometown News.

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