SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Sylacauga City Schools continue to improve.

According to Niche.com, Sylacauga City Schools ranks in the top 25 school systems in Alabama. The rankings were determined using data from the U.S. Department of Education and included factors such as test scores, graduation rates, college readiness, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings and parent and student reviews.

Sylacauga ranked just outside of the top 25 when the last rankings were released last year, but today sits at number 23 in the state. View the complete methodology here.

Sylacauga City Schools Superintendent Jon Segars joked that he would like to take credit for the ranking, but said he cannot as his predecessor Todd Freeman did a majority of that work. He did say, however, that he looks continue the upward trend for SCS. “We were ranked 27 last year, and now we’ve moved to 23,” Segars said. “We want to continue to get better.”

The only way to get better, Segars explained, is to continue to invest in the right people. “We have great people and we are going to continue to invest in them,” he said. “When everyone is moving in the right direction everything else will take care of itself.”

Segars will not have long to start the process of continued improvement. Students of the Sylacauga City Schools system will return to the classroom Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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