Columbus High School ranked No. 1 in Georgia by The Daily Beast

mrice@ledger-enquirer.comMay 6, 2013 

Columbus High School is ranked No. 1 in Georgia, according to The Daily Beast's analysis, which the news Web site released Monday.

The site highlights the top 2,000 public high schools in the nation, defined as "those that have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads."

The rankings are based on a six-part formula:

• Graduation rate (25 percent)

• College acceptance rate (25 percent)

• AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent)

• Average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent)

• Average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent)

• Percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

Columbus High is ranked No. 105 in the nation. It is the only school in the Bi-Cities listed in the rankings.

Georgia has 50 schools in the rankings, including LaGrange at 50th in the state and No. 1,956 in the nation.

Alabama has 20 schools in the rankings, including Auburn, which is 10th in the state and No. 922 in the nation.

Columbus High is a total magnet school, meaning it doesn't have an attendance zone. All of its students must apply to be accepted, and they may be dismissed if they don't maintain the academic and behavior standards.

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