By Marie Leech -- The Birmingham News The Birmingham News
Seven Birmingham-area high schools are named among the top 1,000 public high schools in the country, including the sixth-ranked Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School, according to Newsweek and The Daily Beast's annual rankings.
The rankings are based on several components, including graduation rate, Advanced Placement course offerings and test scores, International Baccalaureate programs, college matriculation rate and average SAT/ACT college entrance exam scores.
They say the schools named in the list have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates.
A total of 12 Alabama schools are on the list, including these from our area:
6 Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School
144 Mountain Brook High School
343 Oak Mountain High School
531 Vestavia Hills High School
667 Spain Park High School
755 Hoover High School
795 Homewood High School
Other Alabama schools are the Alabama School of Math in Science in Mobile (182); New Century Technology School in Huntsville (535); Virgil I. Grissom High School in Huntsville (623); Auburn High School (735); and Bob Jones High School in Madison (804).