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Sylacauga High School tops Talladega County in U.S. News and World Report’s 2024 high school rankings

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SYLACAUGA, Ala. – U.S. News and World Report has released its 2024 Best High Schools rankings, evaluating nearly 18,000 schools nationwide. Sylacauga High School (SHS) has achieved the top ranking in Talladega County, marking a significant improvement from last year.

In 2023, SHS was ranked 81st in Alabama and second in the county, with a score of 67.11 percent. This year, the school has climbed to 52nd in the state, placing it in the top 13.5 percent of high schools statewide, with an improved overall score of 77.55 percent.

“Our students are continually striving for excellence, and it takes everyone’s best to see an improvement like this one,” said Sylacauga City School Superintendent Dr. Michele Eller. “Our goal for the upcoming school year is to continue climbing and reach the top 10 percent of high schools in the state.”

The rankings are based on a variety of factors, such as college readiness (30%), state assessment proficiency (20%), state assessment performance (20%), underserved student performance (10%), college curriculum breadth (10%), and graduation rates (10%).

“The 2024 Best High Schools rankings highlight schools across the country where students consistently demonstrate academic excellence,” noted LaMont Jones, managing editor of education at U.S. News. “Having access to our data on the high schools can empower families as they navigate today’s educational environment and plan for the future.”

Sylacauga City Schools remains committed to its vision of “Equipping Everyone for Excellence.”


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