In Newsweek’s 2016 top high schools lists, Columbus High School is ranked 485 out of a class of 500 of America’s top high schools across the country, according to a release Friday from the Muscogee County School District.
The total magnet school also is recognized as one of the top high schools, beating the odds with a ranking of 345 out of 500. With a poverty level of 20.3 percent among students, the school prepares students for college while overcoming the obstacles of those who are subject to economic challenges.
Principal Marvin Crumbs said the Columbus High Blue Devils are extremely proud of the achievement, which is primarily due to expectations, high standards and the hard work of students, teachers and parents.
“We are committed to the success of every student and understand the importance our work has on their ability to be college and career ready as well as the important role each of them play in being productive citizens in our school district, community and world,” he said.
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The school with a Liberal Arts College Preparatory Program is designed to develop a well-rounded student by offering a wide range of advanced college preparatory courses in English, mathematics, social studies, science, foreign language, computers and fine arts.
This is the second honor for Columbus High since U.S. News and World Report released its 2016 Best High Schools in April. The list showed that Columbus High improved from No. 3 to No. 2 in the state and from No. 85 to No. 80 in the nation.
As a total magnet school, Columbus High and Early College don’t have attendance zones. Students in those schools must apply to be accepted and may be dismissed to their zoned school if their grades and behavior aren’t satisfactory.