Newsweek magazine included 12 high schools from the Cobb County School District in its list of America’s Top Public High Schools. Only 1,500 schools made the list, based on a ‘Challenge Index’ devised by Newsweek that gauges participation rates for Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests. Walton High School (ranked 90th) was the only school in Georgia to crack the top 100.
The other Cobb high schools listed, with ranking indicated in parentheses are: Campbell (213 [includes IB program]), Lassiter (354), Wheeler (751), Harrison (945), Pope (1029), Sprayberry (1073), Kell (1157), Hillgrove (1160), Kennesaw Mountain (1280), North Cobb (1420) and Pebblebrook (1442). Osborne High School was one of 25 schools recognized for their efforts to build a more rigorous college-level program in the new “Catching Up” category.
The District has encouraged and supported schools to open Advanced Placement courses to all students through the Advanced Placement Certified Schools initiative. From 2004 to 2008, there was an increase of 139% in the number of Cobb County students participating in Advanced Placement testing. The number of tests administered also increased 152.7 % during the same time period.
More information about the list of America’s Top Public High Schools, including the selection criteria and FAQs, is available on Newsweek.com.