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James Clemens, Bob Jones, Make America's Most Challenging High Schools List

James Clemens AND Bob Jones high schools again made The Washington Post list of the Most Challenging High Schools in America.

Madison City was the only school district in Alabama to have more than one school in the top 10 of Alabama schools. James Clemens placed 3rd and Bob Jones 9th in Alabama.

Several of the top 10 Alabama schools, including No. 1 Jefferson County IB and No. 2 LAMP (Loveless Academic Magnet Program) in Montgomery, are magnet schools. Buckhorn was the only other North Alabama high school in the state’s top 10.

The rankings are a measure of the total number of college tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year. The study did not consider how students scored to not skew results if schools tested only their top performing students.

A brief profile of each school was included in the study. The profiles showed the four-year graduation rate for Bob Jones and James Clemens at 98 and 97 percent respectively, average ACT scores of 24.4 and 23.2 respectively (state average is 20.6) , students attending four year colleges at 65 percent and 71 percent respectively and percentage in special education at 11 percent and 2 percent respectively.

Nationally, James Clemens placed 651st and Bob Jones 1116th of the 2,327 high schools in the Most Challenging High Schools rankings. That’s out of 30,000 public and private high schools nationwide.

Both Madison schools might have ranked higher if their disproportionately high number of internship opportunities were factored which would mean fewer students taking Advanced Placement classes. Internships, along with AP courses, are essential in preparing students for college and ultimately careers.

Here is the link to the Washington Post report: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/local/highschoolchallenge/  Look for tabs to get state and regional results.


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