SYLACAUGA, Ala. – College is not for everyone, and you certainly do not need a college degree to be successful or live the American dream. But if you are looking for a school system in East-Central Alabama to well-prepare your student for post-secondary school you may not have to look very far.

According to Niche.com, a website that helps visitors discover schools and neighborhoods that fit them most and produces comprehensive rankings for every K-12 school in America by reviewing dozens of public data sets, Sylacauga High School is one of the best schools in the state when considering college preparation.

Factors included in rankings schools across the state of Alabama were vast. ACT/SAT scores, AP test scores, AP enrollment, college enrollment and graduation rate are all elements considered when ranking top high schools across the state. You can view the entire formula Niche.com uses by clicking here. Niche also says rankings are based on “rigorous analysis data from the U.S. Department of Education.”

With hundreds of high schools across the state, Sylacauga High School ranked inside the top-20 for college-prep public high schools, coming in ranked at number 17. According to Niche.com’s rankings, SHS has a overall Niche grade of an A-. and an overall college prep grade of an A-. The average ACT score for the school noted by Nice.com is 23.

Here are the top 25 high schools in the state of Alabama according to the online site:

  1. LAMP Academy – Montgomery Co. Schools
  2. Mountain Brook – Mountain Brook City Schools
  3. Bob Jones – Madison City Schools
  4. Vestavia Hills – Vestavia Hills City Schools
  5. Virgil Grissom – Huntsville City Schools
  6. Spain Park – Hoover City Schools
  7. Homewood – Homewood City Schools
  8. James Clemens – Madison City Schools
  9. Hoover – Hoover City Schools
  10. Huntsville – Huntsville City Schools
  11. Florence  – Florence City Schools
  12. Auburn – Auburn City Schools
  13. Oak Mt. – Shelby Co. Schools
  14. Athens- Athens City SChools
  15. Enterprise – Enterprise City Schools
  16. Muscle Shoals – Muscle Shoals City Schools
  17. Sylacauga – Sylacauga City Schools
  18. Sparkman – Madison Co. Schools
  19. Helena – Shelby Co. Schools
  20. Buckhorn – Madison Co. Schools
  21. Fairhope – Baldwin. Co. Schools
  22. New Century Tech Demo – Huntsville City Schools
  23. Hartselle – Hartselle City Schools
  24. Thompson – Alabaster City Schools
  25. Cullman – Cullman City Schools

Although these schools rank highly in Alabama, Niche.com has no school ranked in the top 100 in the United States. LAMP Academy is ranked 119th in college-prep for students in the nation. Sylacauga ranks 1,706th in the country.

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