3 Tennessee Valley schools make Washington Post's 'Top 10 Most Challenging Schools in Alabama' list

Published: Apr. 22, 2015 at 5:55 PM CDT|Updated: May. 20, 2015 at 6:16 PM CDT
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MADISON, AL (WAFF) - Three Tennessee Valley schools made the list of the Top 10 Most Challenging Schools in Alabama.

The Washington Post released the list and Bob Jones, Buckhorn, and James Clemens schools are on it. These schools also made the national list.

Madison City was the only school district in Alabama to have more than one school in the top 10 of Alabama Schools. James Clemens placed third and Bob Jones ninth in Alabama.

Several of the top 10 Alabama schools, including number one Jefferson County IB and number two Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery, are magnet schools.

Buckhorn High School was the only other North Alabama high school in the state's top 10.

Nationally, James Clemens was 651 on the list and Bob Jones was 1,116 on the list of the 2,327 high schools in the Most Challenging High Schools rankings. That list is out of 30,000 public and private high schools nationwide.

The list is based on the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year and the number of graduates that year.

Another factor is the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence, (E&E).

For the Washington Post list, click here.

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