Two Gwinnett County from Norcross received national rankings by Washington Post columnist Jay Matthews in his annual High School Challenge. In total, 17 Gwinnett County schools out of a total 1,904 schools nationwide made the list.
Norcross High School, ranked 334 in the nation by Matthews and Meadowcreek came in at 417.
Previously published annually in Newsweek and named “America’s Best High Schools,” the rankings are calculated on a number of factors that aren’t necessarily based on the best schools, but rather the school’s commitment to preparing average students for college.
"Ratings like the Post's Challenge Index provide information regarding the level of a high school's commitment to preparing students for college. Over the years, Gwinnett high schools have added rigor and relevance to the high school curriculum,” said Dr. Steve Flynt, associate superintendent for Gwinnett County’s School Leadership and Operational Support.
“As a result, we have seen an increase in the number of students stretching out of their comfort zone to take more challenging classes. We are proud of our schools' recognition and know that it reflects their commitment to preparing our students for the demands they will face in the future as they continue their education and enter the workforce."
For more information visit The Washington Post's website on the High School Challenge and how the rankings are calculated.