FORSYTH COUNTY -- Three of Forsyth County’s five brick-and-mortar public high schools were ranked among the top 20 in Georgia in a recently-released list by the U.S. News and World Report.
South Forsyth High School, Lambert High School and West Forsyth High School were ranked 13, 18 and 19, respectively, with South and Lambert receiving two of 18 gold medals.
West received a silver medal.
South’s principal, Laura Wilson, said the ranking shows the commitment her staff and students have to the school and their education.
“The ranking is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our teachers and students,” she said. “Our teachers work tirelessly to ensure our students are well-prepared academically, and they really hone the soft skills. But the reality is we also have great students who are highly motivated and the faculty and student body work collaboratively.
“We’re blessed to live in a community where academics are so valued by our stakeholders and [thanks] to parent support, teaching staff and support staff, everyone combined works together to be highly successful. It’s always nice when hard work pays off.”
South has consistently been ranked among the top 20 high schools in the state, Wilson added.
According to U.S. News, a four-step process is used to determine the best schools.
The first three steps look at schools’ performance on the math and reading sections of state proficiency tests and each school’s graduation rate, which serve as benchmarks to determine whether the school will advance to step four.
“Schools that made it through the first three steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step — college-readiness performance — using Advanced Placement test data as the benchmark for success,” the U.S. News website says. “This fourth step measure[s] which schools produced the best college-level achievement for the highest percentages of their students.
“This was done by computing a College Readiness Index based on the school’s AP participation rate — the number of 12th grade students in the 2014-2015 academic year who took at least one AP test before or during their senior year, divided by the total number of 12th graders at the school — and how well the students performed on those tests.”
Columbus High School in Muscogee County received the highest score of 85.1 out of a possible 100, ranking the school first in the state.
South, Lambert and West received scores of 59.4, 56 and 55.1, respectively.