5 Metro Atlanta High Schools Among the Nation’s Very Best

by Peter Thomas Ricci

The latest ranking in high schools provides further evidence of Atlanta’s prominence in education


Metro Atlanta high schools are well represented in Newsweek‘s “America’s Top Schools 2015,” with five schools ranking amongst the top 500.

Here are the schools, along with their ranking:

  1. DeKalb School of the Arts (Avondale Estates) – 368
  2. Lambert High School (Suwanee) – 421
  3. Milton High School (Alpharetta) – 431
  4. Alpharetta High School – 486
  5. Chattahoochee High School (Alpharetta) – 499

Newsweek‘s rankings utilized a metric that included the college readiness of students, the school’s graduation rate, the percent of students who were college bound and, most interestingly, the share of students who live in poverty. That final metric differed substantially across Metro Atlanta’s schools. At Lambert, for instance, only 5.2 percent of students live in poverty, whereas at the DeKalb School of the Arts, 28.6 percent of students live in poverty.

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