How Birmingham-Area High Schools Placed in the Best High School Rankings

Mountain Brook High School has been ranked the No. 1 high school in the Birmingham area as part of U.S. News and World Reports’ annual Best High Schools rankings. The school’s scores placed it in the 200th spot nationwide.

The top-ranked schools in the state was Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School in Montgomery, which also was ranked No. 17 in the nation.

The rankings are based on the schools’ performance on state-required tests, graduation statistics and how well they prepare students for college, according to the report. Nationwide, the magazine ranked 17,840 high schools.

Other top Birmingham-area schools were Vestavia Hills High School, No. 2 in the Birmingham area and 669 in national rankings; Homewood High School, No. 3 in the area and 699 in the nation; Spain Park High School, No. 4 in the area and 1,054 in the nation; and Oak Mountain High School, No. 5 in the nation and 1,148 in the nation.

The Birmingham school system’s top-ranked high school was Ramsay High School, which came in No. 6 in the area and 1,435 in the nation. Shades Valley High School was the Jefferson County school system’s top school, coming in at No. 12 in the area and 3,451 nationally.

Full listings of Birmingham-area high schools can be found on U.S. News and World Report’s Birmingham school page.