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3 DeKalb County high schools recognized as nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report

Overcrowding plans previously included moving popular magnet programs from Chamblee middle and high schools. (AJC FILE PHOTO)
Overcrowding plans previously included moving popular magnet programs from Chamblee middle and high schools. (AJC FILE PHOTO)

DeKalb School of the Arts ranks as the top high school in metro Atlanta, U.S. News & World Report announced Tuesday in its annual list of best high schools in the U.S.

It was the second best school in the state, behind Columbus High School in Muscogee County. Two other DeKalb County Schools made the list — Chamblee Charter High School and DeKalb Early College Academy.

DeKalb School of the Arts was No. 89 on the list of best schools in the country. No Georgia school was in the country’s 50 best schools.

“Our three recognized campuses — DeKalb Schools of the Arts, Chamblee Charter High School and DeKalb Early College Academy — are wonderful examples of how the DeKalb County School District continues to raise the bar on achievement, and build trust in the community,” DeKalb County School District Superintendent Steve Green said.

The rankings are based on student performance on state tests, graduation rates and how many students take AP exams and pass at least one.

More than 60 Georgia high schools are ranked among the best in the country under the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best High Schools list.

Fourteen Southwest DeKalb High School seniors were surprised with the news that they would receive full-ride scholarships to attend two-year programs at Georgia State University??€™s Decatur campus.