Auburn High School is ranked 12th in the state in U.S. News and World Report's 2021 ranking of the best Alabama public high schools, which was released Tuesday morning.
The school jumped six spots from its 2020 ranking of 18th.
“It is with much appreciation for the dedicated efforts of our faculty and staff and recognition of the hard work of our students that we celebrate the recent ranking of Auburn High School,” Auburn City Schools Superintendent Dr. Cristen Herring said in a statement.
“In a community that highly regards the education of our children, we consider this a shared accomplishment for all who are a part of and all who support Auburn City Schools," Herring said.
In addition to national rankings, U.S. News and World Report ranks high schools within each state using 2018-2019 school year data. Auburn High School received an overall score of 92.47 and is ranked 1,345th in national rankings.
U.S. News and World Report uses college readiness, college curriculum breadth, math and reading proficiency, math and reading performance, underserved student performance and graduation rate to calculate the 2021 Best High School rankings.
Auburn High School saw a graduation rate of 95%, a reading proficiency rate of 66%, a mathematics proficiency of 75%. Fifty-one percent of Auburn High students took at least one Advanced Placement exam, and 28% passed at least one Advanced Placement exam.
At No. 1 in Alabama, once again, is Montgomery’s Loveless Academic Magnet Program with an overall score of 100. New Century Tech High School in Huntsville and Mountain Brook High School remained in second and third again.
The rest of the top 15 high schools in the state, in order, are: Vestavia Hills High School, Homewood High School, Bob Jones High School (Madison), Booker T. Washington Magnet High School (Montgomery), Spain Park High School (Birmingham), Fairhope High School, James Clemens High School (Madison), Hartselle High School, Auburn High School, Oak Mountain High School (Birmingham), Arab High School and Ramsay High School (Birmingham).
Opelika High School ranked 30th out of 374 Alabama high schools with an overall score of 83.69, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Opelika saw a 90% graduation rate, 49% reading proficiency and 51% math proficiency, according to U.S. News and World Report. Twenty-nine percent of Opelika High students took at least one Advanced Placement test and 14% passed at least one Advanced Placement test.