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Washington Post releases list of “most challenging” high schools: GSMST tops state list

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Atlanta, GA:  The Washington Post’s list of most challenging U.S. high schools was just released. Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) earned the top ranking in Georgia and was ranked 19th in the south and 26th in the nation. The Post ranks schools using a “Challenge Index” that considers the number of students attempting tough courses as measured by enrollment and test-taking in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and Advanced International Certificate of Education courses. GSMST ranked 26th out of 2,300 schools nationwide. The only other Georgia school in the top 100 nationwide is St. Andrew’s, a private school in Savannah, which ranked 97th. Gwinnett’s Meadowcreek High School ranked 140th nationally.

How did Gwinnett high schools rank compared to their peers in Georgia on the Washington Post Challenge Index?

GSMST        1 (ranked 19th in the South and 26th in the nation)

Meadowcreek HS    5 (ranked 80th in the South and 140th in the nation)

North Gwinnett HS    10

Archer HS        21

Berkmar HS        32

Parkview HS        34

Brookwood HS        35

Norcross HS        43

Peachtree Ridge HS    45

Mountain View HS    56

Central Gwinnett HS    57

Mill Creek HS        61

Dacula HS        62

Lanier HS        64

Duluth HS        65

Collins Hill HS        72

South Gwinnett HS    76

Grayson HS        83

Shiloh HS        115

The following explanation of the “Challenge Index” was provided in the Washington Post:  The list is based on the Challenge Index. Schools qualify only if they give at least as many AP, IB or AICE exams in a year as they have graduating seniors. They are then ranked by their tests-to-graduates ratio. The Index also includes a sampling of private schools. While the ranking considers the number of AP, IB and AICE tests given, it doesn’t weigh how well the students do.

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