Lassiter, Walton named among top high schools in Georgia, nation

Lassiter and Walton high schools have been named to U.S. News’ annual Best High Schools list. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Lassiter and Walton high schools have been named to U.S. News’ annual Best High Schools list. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM



Two Cobb County high schools have been named to U.S. News and World Reports' top public high schools around the country.

Walton High School and Lassiter High School, both in East Cobb, have been named to the magazine’s list for 2019. Walton ranks at No. 161 nationally while Lassiter clocks in at No. 324.

Both schools also placed in U.S. News’ top 10 public high schools for Georgia, with Walton coming in fourth and Lassiter rounding out the top 10.

“Having many Cobb schools rank as top schools in the state and the nation reinforces what we already know — the Cobb County School District is the best place to teach, lead, and learn,” Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said. “We’re proud of the accomplishments of all of our students and staff and are looking forward to celebrating the success of all of our 2019 seniors.”

READ MORE: These are Georgia’s Top 10 public high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report

Other Cobb school rankings are:

  • Pope: 25 in Georgia, 757 nationally
  • Harrison: 30 in Georgia, 882 nationally
  • Hillgrove: 35 in Georgia, 1,260 nationally
  • Kennesaw Mountain: 47 in Georgia, 2,020 nationally
  • Wheeler: 55 in Georgia and 2,192 nationally
  • Allatoona: 56 in Georgia, 2,193 nationally
  • North Cobb: 73 in Georgia, 3,284 nationally
  • Kell: 84 in Georgia, 3,566 nationally
  • Sprayberry: 87 in Georgia, 3,794 nationally
  • McEachern: 113 in Georgia, 4,958 nationally
  • Campbell: 119 in Georgia, 5,275 nationally
  • Marietta: 114 in Georgia, 6,064 nationally
  • South Cobb: 187 in Georgia, 7,575 nationally
  • Osborne: 266 in Georgia, 10,728 nationally
  • Pebblebrook: 281 in Georgia, 11,257 nationally

To come up with its rankings, which were unveiled Tuesday, U.S. News relied on a new method that assigned more weight to college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.

Walton, which has a 95% graduation rate, also reports a 71% Advanced Placement exam participation rate. For Lassiter, which has a graduation rate of 96%, its AP participation rate was 65%.

Elsewhere in the state, the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology was ranked sixth in the nation and No. 1 in Georgia. Overall, Georgia ranked 19th among the states.

U.S. News' rankings include data on more than 23,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. You can check out the full list, and search for any school, on the U.S. News website.

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