U.S. News and World Report's 2018 edition of the nation's best high schools has been released.
Spotlighting outstanding public high schools throughout the country, the rankings are based on academic performance, graduation rates and how well the schools prepare students for college-level courses.
U.S. News looked at 20,500 public high schools for these rankings. Rankings are based on academic performance of all students, including disadvantaged groups, including minority and low-income students.
Alabama had only one high school in the top 500: Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School in Montgomery County, which ranked 59th nationwide and number one in Alabama.
U.S. News and World Report looks at many factors within a high school. It is one of a few rankings that get national attention.
Here's what they consider in the ranking:
Did students perform better than expected? They look at math and reading state testing results and factor in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students. Did students in "disadvantaged" groups perform better than average? They compare results for black, Hispanic, and low-income students with statewide results for the same groups and select schools performing better than state average. Did graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard? If graduation rates were lower than 80 percent, schools were excluded. Are students prepared for college-level coursework? They calculated a College Readiness Index based on how many students participate in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and how well students scored on the test. Medals were awarded based on a school's score. Alabama had only one gold medal winners.