Cobb schools named to Newsweek’s list of top STEM programs for 2020

Wheeler High School.
Wheeler High School.

Eight Cobb County high schools have been named to Newsweek's list of the top STEM high schools for 2020.

Wheeler High School placed 64th in the list compiled by the magazine. Other Cobb high schools on the list include Walton at 309, Kennesaw Mountain at 1,024, Lassiter at 1,105, Pope at 1,518, Harrison at 2,721, Hillgrove at 4,287 and Allatoona at 4,308.

Wheeler Principal Paul Gillihan, who said the school is celebrating its 20th year as a STEM magnet program, said the school’s graduates have “gone on to amazing careers in the STEM industries and beyond.”

“At Wheeler, it is our dedicated faculty and staff that has made our school one of the top STEM schools in the nation,” he said. “When you give students a chance to explore, question, and expand their creativity in a safe and supportive environment, you have fashioned an environment where growth, achievement, and understanding thrive.”

Newsweek partnered with, an educational research organization, to rank the best STEM high schools around the country. The schools were ranked based on data collected from 2015 to 2019.

The research determined which schools provided the best STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — experience for students while preparing them for post-secondary study.

In May, several Cobb high schools were named to U.S News and World Report's list of the public high schools around the country. In February, ranked Wheeler as second on its list of the top 30 STEM programs around the country.

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