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West ranks with best in nation
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Forsyth County News

West Forsyth has been named among the best public high schools in the nation.

Newsweek’s annual “America’s Best High Schools” list ranked West 893rd out of the nation’s top 2,000.

“We are honored to have made the list,” said Principal Betty Pope. “It recognizes the hard work of our teachers, students and community. We believe the criteria of the list give us specific areas for improvement.

“Our goal is always to be one of the top schools not only in Georgia but in the country.  We will use the list as a tool for improvement.”

The rankings are based on graduation and college acceptance rates and various test scores, among other criteria.

South Forsyth had appeared on the list annually since 2006, ranking 294th last year.

“For some reason we did not receive an invitation from them this year,” said South Principal Jeff Cheney. “We are currently inquiring about this matter and certainly feel like our scores and indicators should place us well within the top 2,000 public high schools.”

South did, however, rank the highest from Forsyth in the Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” list.

The school placed 160th in the nation, followed by West at 514, Lambert at 590, Forsyth Central at 1,421 and North at 1,572.

All Forsyth schools were also honored last year by the Washington Post rankings, which Superintendent Buster Evans said is a reflection of the county’s success.

“The data used for this recognition, the number of AP and IB tests relative to the number of graduates, reflects the same data that we have locally and also provided to us by the Georgia Department of Education,” Evans said.

“We are proud of our students and their teachers who continue to raise the bar higher for public education not only in the state, but also nationally.”