Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

Two SCCPSS High Schools Named in Top 100 in the State of Georgia by U.S. News & World Report

Published on: 9/11/2023

​U.S. News & World Report has released their rankings of the nation's top high schools for 2023-24.  There are two SCCPSS high schools listed in the top 100 for the state of Georgia.

  • Savannah Arts Academy has been recognized as the 8th best high school in the state of Georgia and 277th best in the United States.
  • Woodville-Tompkins Technical & Career High School is recognized as the 81st best high school in the state of Georgia.

SCCPSS Associate Superintendent of Secondary Schools, Sharonda Murrell, says “We appreciate these phenomenal Principals and their collaborative leadership with leading their teams to achieve successful student outcomes!"

U.S. News reviewed nearly 25,000 public high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. That number was reduced to approximately 17,680 schools that were eligible to be ranked. This is the total number of active public high schools that could be analyzed because they had 12th grade enrollment of 15 students or greater during the 2020-2021 school year and had state assessment data available.

 Best High Schools Ranking Methodology

  • College readiness (30% of the ranking):  The percentage of 12th graders from the class of 2020-2021 who took at least one AP or IB exam by the end of their senior year and the percentage of 12th graders who earned a qualifying score on at least one AP or IB exam in high school. Earning a qualifying score is weighted three times more than simply taking the exam.
  • College curriculum breadth (10%): The percentage of 12th graders from the class of 2020-2021 who took a wide variety of AP and IB courses across the multiple disciplines and the percentage of 12th graders who earned a qualifying score on them. Earning a qualifying score is weighted three times more than taking.
  • State assessment proficiency (20%): Measuring how well students scored on state assessments that measure proficiency in reading, science and mathematics. The state assessment proficiency indicator for the 2023-24 ranking is either based on 2020-2021 or 2018-2019 state assessment data or an average of those years.
  • State assessment performance (20%): The difference between how students performed on state assessments and what U.S. News predicted based on a school's student body.
  • Underserved student performance (10%): How well the student population receiving subsidized school lunch and Black and Hispanic populations perform on state assessments relative to statewide performance among students not in those subgroups. This state assessment underserved student performance indicator is based on 2018-2019 state assessment data.
  • Graduation rate (10%): For the 2023-2024 rankings, the graduation rate corresponds to the 2021 high school class graduation cohort who would have entered ninth grade in the 2017-2018 school year.

While the six measures that determined each school's rank were broadly the same as those in prior years, we adjusted how three were calculated because of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on schools in 2020-2021 – the most recent school year for which assessment data was available.  For more information on those adjustments click here.

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