Alabama’s 25 best high schools—according to US News [MAP]

Mountain Brook High School Alabama
Mountain Brook High School is the #2 high school in Alabama on US News’ list. (Jacob Blankenship / The Bama Buzz)

School’s been back in session for the 2023-2024 year since early July, and US News & World Report has now weighed in on the best high schools in Alabama. Did your high school make the list? Let’s see.

US News’ best high schools in Alabama

Vestavia Hills High School
Vestavia Hills High Schools is the #5 best high school in Alabama on US News’ list. (Jacob Blankenship / The Bama Buzz)

Here are the top 25 best schools in Alabama for 2023-2024, according to US News & World Report.

  1. Loveless Academic Magnet Program (LAMP) High School (Montgomery)
  2. Mountain Brook High School
  3. Homewood High School
  4. New Century Tech Demo High School (Huntsville)
  5. Vestavia Hills High School
  6. Spain Park High School (Hoover)
  7. Brewbaker Tech Magnet High School (Montgomery)
  8. James Clemens High School (Madison)
  9. Oak Mountain High School (Birmingham)
  10. Auburn High School
  11. Bob Jones High School (Madison)
  12. Hewitt-Trussville High School (Trussville)
  13. Arab High School
  14. Hoover High School
  15. W.P. Davidson High School (Mobile)
  16. Booker T. Washington Magnet High School (Montgomery)
  17. Huntsville High School
  18. Russellville High School
  19. Fairhope High School
  20. Hartselle High School
  21. Helena High School
  22. Gulf Shores High School
  23. Ramsay High School (Birmingham)
  24. Daphne High School
  25. Oxford High School

The #1 school in Alabama

The #1 high school in Alabama wasn’t just impressive within the state, but it was also a top-25 school nationwide. LAMP High School in Montgomery ranked #15 in the nation and #7 in Magnet High Schools. With an overall score of 99.92/100, US News sang the praises of LAMP.

“Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School places a strong emphasis on parent engagement through newsletters, conferences, volunteering and fundraising opportunities. The school’s curriculum includes the International Baccalaureate program with a variety of Advanced Placement courses, as well as competitive academic groups such as Scholars Bowl and Science Olympiad.”

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How US news ranked the best high schools in Alabama

Mountain Brook High School Football Field
High school football has already kicked off across Alabama. (Jacob Blankenship / The Bama Buzz)

US News has a careful methodology that they use to assess the Alabama’s many high schools. In 2023, they reviewed almost 25,000 schools and ranked about 17,680, out of which 359 Alabama schools made the list.

Here are the different criteria which US News uses to rank the high schools:

  • College Readiness (30%)
  • College Curriculum Breadth (10%)
  • State Assessment Proficiency (20%)
  • State Assessment Performance (20%)
  • Underserved Student Performance (10%)
  • Graduation Rate (10%)

A map of the best high schools in Alabama

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Sarah Gronberg
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