DeKalb School of the Arts improves in high school rankings, Decatur High drops

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 28, 2017

The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

While City Schools of Decatur is a highly desirable school district in the metro area, U.S. News and Word Report finds that when it comes to high schools, DeKalb School of the Arts is tops.

The 2017 rankings saw Decatur High School drop from being ranked 13th in the state to being ranked 20th. The high school’s national ranking also dropped from 403rd place to 546th.

Meanwhile, DeKalb School of the Arts rank increased to No. 2, up one spot from No. 3, and the school is now considered to be among the top 100 high schools in the country, placing at 89th.

Decatur High’s Advance Placement participation rate dropped slightly in 2017, from 78 percent in 2016 to 75 percent. It also had a lower college readiness index score, earning a score of 54.4 in 2017 compared with a score of 59.4 in 2016. DeKalb School of the Arts college readiness score rose from 82.4 in 2016 to 85.3 in 2017.

DeKalb School of the Arts maintained its 100 percent AP participation rate

To learn more about U.S. News and World Report’s ranking process, click here.

To see the rankings of Georgia’s high schools, click  here.

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