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Lakeside High Ranked No. 9 in State, No. 517 in Nation

U.S. News & World Report released their annual high school rankings today.

is the ninth best high school in the state and ranks at No. 517 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report said today.

If you want to get a look at the stats justifying the popular magazine's rankings, check out the list – and many other lists statewide and nationwide – at the magazine's website here.

In Georgia, Savannah Arts Academy ranked highest. Several Atlanta metro area schools also bested Lakeside High: Walton in Marietta (No. 3), Riverwood International Charter in Atlanta (No. 5), Lassiter in Marietta (No. 7) and Chamblee Charter (No. 8).

As for nationwide, the best schools were old faithfuls School for the Talented & Gifted in Dallas (No. 1), Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria, VA (No. 2) and the School of Science and Engineering in Dallas.

Seriously, those Dallas schools seem to take this this each year I've written about it (and that's about 10 years).

What separates Lakeside from the No. 1 school in the nation? The School for the Talented & Gifted has a College Readiness Index of 100 percent. A math proficiency of 3.9, a reading proficiency of 3.8 and a student/teacher ratio of 14:1. (A detailed explanation of those marks is included at the magazine's site.)

Lakeside's College Readiness Index – 44.8 percent. A math and reading proficiency of 3.6 and student/teacher ratio of 17:1.

So, debate them, decry them, uphold them, criticize these ratings. But what do you think about Lakeside's placement and the magazine's analysis of our community's school? Tell us in the comments section below.

Wyndy Amerson May 09, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Just imagine how high LHS could rank if money spent by County BOE/Admin on legal fees for illegal acts committed by employes did not drain money from hiring qualified teachers to lower the student:teacher ratio and provide more up to date equipment and resources. It only took 40 years to get a performance auditorium...
Don Broussard May 09, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Congratulations to Lakeside students and faculty. They continue to show they are the best. Comparisons to charter schools are really not fair since, as at Chamblee, they selectively admit high performing students from throughout DeKalb County, not just in a defined district like Lakeside. LHS is the best public school in academics inside the Perimeter, bar none.
Tom Doolittle May 31, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Absolutely Don--apples and oranges. It's not just charters, they are high achiever MAGNETS. If you are selected for a math and science magnet school, there's a darn good chance you are heads above the rest in every other subject--and work ethic. Lakeside is in the top 5% with the top "neighborhood" schools--easily top 100, if not 50 in the nation for "normal" schools. I suppose that's what the college readiness means, readiness to learn upon entry as a freshman--ours ain't, then somehow as a Lakeside miracle, they turn out. I'd love to see what a homogenious school in North Fulton does with the variety of circumstances we're dealing with here. They'd scream like a banshee and run out of the building.

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