Cullman High ranked no. 14 in state in U.S. News 2019 Best High Schools rankings

Cullman High School (Cullman Tribune file photo)

CULLMAN, Ala. – U.S. News and World Report on Tuesday released its 2019 Best High Schools rankings. Cullman High School is ranked number 14 in the state of Alabama among public schools.

“Cullman High School is ranked 14th within Alabama. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Cullman High School is 51%. The total minority enrollment is 10%, and 26% of students are economically disadvantaged.”

Overall, CHS scored a 93.47, with 44% mathematics proficiency, 56% reading proficiency and a graduation rate of 95%.

The school ranked number 1,127 in the U.S. News National Rankings out of 17,245 ranked schools, which are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college.

Alabama’s Top 15

  1. Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School in Montgomery
  2. Mountain Brook High School
  3. New Century Tech Demo High School in Huntsville
  4. Homewood High School
  5. Bob Jones High School in Madison
  6. Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham
  7. James Clemens High School in Madison
  8. Vestavia Hills High School
  9. Spain Park High School in Hoover
  10. Arab High School
  11. Ramsay High School in Birmingham
  12. Fairhope High School
  13. Auburn High School
  14. Cullman High School
  15. Huntsville High School

From U.S. News

U.S. News ranked 17,245 public high schools, out of a review of more than 23,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia; the number of ranked schools is up from more than 2,700 last year. The new rankings, developed in conjunction with nonprofit research firm RTI International, are based on a revamped methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • College readiness, based on the proportions of 12th-grade students who took and passed Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate exams.
  • College curriculum breadth, based on proportions of 12th-grade students who took and passed AP and/or IB exams in multiple content areas.
  • Math and reading proficiency, based on student performance on state-required tests.
  • Math and reading performance, based on whether performance on state assessments exceeded expectations given the school’s proportion of underserved students.
  • Underserved student performance, based on how black, Hispanic and low-income students performed on state assessments compared with those who are not underserved in the state.
  • Graduation rates, based on the proportion of students who entered ninth grade in 2012-2013 and graduated four years later.

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