Arab High School is the 10th best high school in the state of Alabama, according to the annual rankings by U.S. News and World Report. AHS jumped seven spots from last year’s ranking of number 17.

The methodology relies heavily on student access to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses and tests, state standardized test results, and graduation rates. As a result, those schools whose students performed at high levels were ranked highly.

U.S. News described its top-ranked public schools for 2019 as “those whose attendees demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math and reading state assessments, passed and participated in a diverse array of college-level exams and graduated in high proportions.”

The magazine said it looks at many factors within a high school. Considered in the ranking process are:

• Did students perform better than expected? They look at math and reading state testing results and factor in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

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