The 25 best high schools in Alabama, according to U.S. News & World Report

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James Clemens High School (Madison City Schools)

U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School Rankings are out. We have the national rankings, state rankings and what’s changed since last year all right here. Keep reading to see how these Alabama schools ranked!

P.S. One Alabama school even made it to the national top 25 👇

The rankings

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Preparing students to succeed. (Madison County Report)

After looking at data from more than 17,000 schools, U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best High Schools breakdown, which mentions several Alabama schools.

The rankings are based on six factors: college readiness, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rates.

“The Best High Schools rankings take a comprehensive approach to evaluating schools. Looking at factors like graduation rates and underserved student performance, families can use this information to learn more about their local schools.”

Eric Brooks, Principal Data Analyst, U.S. News & World Report

Here are the rankings for the top 25 high schools in Alabama:

1. Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School

  • Location: Montgomery, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #1
  • National ranking: #17

2. New Century Tech High School

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One of many great schools in Huntsville. (STEM School)
  • Location: Huntsville, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #2
  • National ranking: #166

3. Mountain Brook High School

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Go Spartans! (Mountain Brook High School / Facebook)
  • Location: Mountain Brook, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #3
  • National ranking: #200

4. Vestavia Hills High School

  • Location: Vestavia Hills, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #4
  • National ranking: #669

5. Homewood High School

  • Location: Homewood, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #5
  • National ranking: #699

6. Bob Jones High School

Best High School Nominee
Another Madison school on the list (Madison City Schools)
  • Location: Madison, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #6
  • National ranking: #784

7. James Clemens High School

  • Location: Madison, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #10
  • National ranking: #879

8. Spain Park High School

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Hoover made the list twice. (Hoover City Schools)
  • Location: Hoover, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #8
  • National ranking: #1,054

9. Oak Mountain High School

  • Location: Birmingham, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #13
  • National ranking: #1,148

10. Fairhope High School

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South Alabama making an appearance! (Fairhope Pirate Nation)
  • Location: Fairhope, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #9
  • National ranking: #1,320

11. Booker T. Washington Magnet High School

  • Location: Montgomery, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #7
  • National ranking: #1,321

12. Arab High School

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Making it happen in Arab. (Arab High School / Twitter)
  • Location: Arab, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #14
  • National ranking: #1,382

13. Ramsay High School

  • Location: Birmingham, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #15
  • National ranking: #1,435

14. Hartselle High School

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Go Tigers! (Hartselle City Schools)
  • Location: Hartselle, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #11
  • National ranking: #1,446

15. Auburn High School

  • Location: Auburn, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #12
  • National ranking: #1,579

16. Hewitt-Trussville High School

  • Location: Trussville, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #20
  • National ranking: #1,603

17. Huntsville High School

  • Location: Huntsville, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #18
  • National ranking: #1,719

18. Cullman High School

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Look at that campus. (Cullman High School / Facebook)
  • Location: Cullman, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #16
  • National ranking: #1,724

19. Helena High School

  • Location: Helena, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #25
  • National ranking: #1,781

20. Brewbaker Tech Magnet High School

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Another Montgomery appearance. (Montgomery Public Schools)
  • Location: Montgomery, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #19
  • National ranking: #1,928

21. Hoover High School

  • Location: Hoover, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #17
  • National ranking: #1,947

22. Russellville High School

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The perfect Friday night lights scene. (Russellville City Schools)
  • Location: Russellville, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #21
  • National ranking: #2,174

23. Muscle Shoals High School

  • Location: Muscle Shoals, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #24
  • National ranking: #2,339

24. Thompson High School

  • Location: Alabaster, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #26
  • National ranking: #2,341

25. Madison County High School

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Madison back again! (Madison City Schools)
  • Location: Madison, AL
  • Ranking in 2021: #34
  • National ranking: #2,382

We love to see our schools being recognized for their awesome work. Check out the rest of the Alabama rankings and national rankings to see where other schools landed.

What are you excited to see on the list? Let us know @thebamabuzz!

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