2 DeKalb County high schools among Newsweek’s top 500

Chamblee Charter High School and DeKalb School of the Arts were among Newsweek’s top U.S. high schools for 2016.

They were two of 10 schools in the state to make the list.

The news magazine just announced its 2016 High School Rankings, which includes “America’s Top High Schools,” a list of 500 high schools nationwide that excel at preparing students for college.

DeKalb School of the Arts, at 177 this year, rose nearly 200 positions from 368 in 2015.

“We are proud of this recognition for the great work that our school leadership and teachers do for our students to succeed,” Superintendent Steve Green said in a statement. “Our laser focus on classroom instruction and performance is showing results.”

“America’s Top High Schools” identifies top 500 schools by measuring factors including graduation rate, college enrollment rate, SAT and ACT scores and participation, AP/IB scores and participation, full time counselors-to-students ratio and the dropout rate.

Georgia schools that made the list are:

Northview High School (Duluth), No. 132

DeKalb School of the Arts (Avondale Estates), No. 177

Chattahoochee High School (Alpharetta), No. 281

Pope High School (Marietta), No. 297

Harrison High School (Kennesaw), No. 334

Oconee County High School (Watkinsville), No. 392

Chamblee Charter High School (Chamblee), No. 431

Lakeside High School (Evans), No. 435

Brookwood High School (Snellville), No. 447

Columbus High School (Columbus), No. 485

See the full list of schools here.

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