Auburn High first day

The new $71.6 million Auburn High School opened its doors to students in August, 2017.

Eleven area high schools, including Auburn High School and Opelika High School, are among the Top 200 public high schools in Alabama, according to U.S. News & World Report’s improved top public high school rankings.

Alabama has 361 public high schools, according to the state rankings.

U.S. News & World Report, a digital news organization and magazine focused on education, health, money, travel, cars and civic, released its annual rankings on Tuesday.

The rankings include more than 17,000 schools nationwide, which are numerically ranked. That number is up from the 2,700 schools that were ranked in 2018, according to a release from U.S. News on Tuesday morning.

“By evaluating more schools than ever before, the new edition expands that focus so all communities can see which schools in their area are successfully serving their students,” Anita Narayan, managing editor of education said in the release.

Here’s where area public high schools were ranked statewide in the U.S. News & World Report’s Rankings:

Ranking High School
13 Auburn High School
58 Opelika High School
86 Beulah High School
100 Reeltown High School
105 Dadeville High School
111 Tallassee High School
116 Smiths Station High School
152 Loachapoka High School
162 Benjamin Russell High School
172 Beauregard High School
198 Valley High School
204 Central High School
210 Russell County High School
217 Lanett Senior High School
249-357 LaFayette High School
249-357 Notasulga High School

Loveless Academic Magnet Program, located in Montgomery, came away with the No. 1 ranking in the state. The school also came in at No. 13 in the nation.

Mountain Brook High School, New Century Tech Demo High School, Homewood High School and Bob Jones High School were ranked in the Top 5 in Alabama and in the top 555 in the country.

In the national rankings, no area schools came in the top-1,000 best public high school.

Auburn High School was ranked the highest locally at No. 1,116 nationally while Opelika High School was ranked No. 4,137 nationally.

The magazine ranks the schools by looking at six different factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.

This is also the first year U.S. News & World Report expanded the ranking to including all eligible public high school in each state.

The goal of the new ranking system was to make it easier for readers to understand.

“We enhanced the methodology to provide an even more comprehensive ranking that is easier to understand and, therefore, more useful to parents and educators,” Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News, said in the release. “Going forward, this methodology will allow for intuitive comparisons of a school’s performance year after year.”

U.S. News partnered with RTI International, a global research firm, to compile the annual rankings.

The best public high school rankings list is available on

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