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Stilwell School of the Arts & Elite Scholars
Stilwell School of the Arts & Elite Scholars Academy Continue to Earn High Rankings from US News & World Report
Posted on 04/28/2022
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Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) is excited to share with all stakeholders that Elite Scholars Academy (ESA) and Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts (MESSOA) have once again been listed among the top high schools in the state of Georgia by the United States News & World Report!
This selection continues a six-year trend of these schools being listed among the top 50 schools in the State with MESSOA and ESA ranked 21st and 23rd, respectively. In addition, each school earned spots among the top High Schools nationwide: MESSOA ranked 749 and ESA ranked 789. According to the National Center for Education Statistics and the Admissionsly Data site, there are approximately 27,000 secondary schools in the United States, and more than 24,000 public high schools are evaluated annually by the U.S. News.

The 2022 rankings, developed in conjunction with nonprofit research firm RTI International, are based on a methodology that weighs six indicators of school quality. The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams, and graduated in high proportions.

Morrow High School, on the strength of an 82 percent graduation rate in 2020-2021 and other academic factors, was the next highest-ranked CCPS high school at 185. The remaining Clayton County high schools on the list, in order of ranking, are Riverdale High School (222), Lovejoy High School (226), Mt. Zion High School (234), Jonesboro High School (243), Forest Park High School (258), Mundy’s Mill High School (287), Charles R. Drew High School (292), North Clayton High School (311) and Perry Career Academy (311). Please note that North Clayton High School and Perry Career Academy’s ranking indicates that there are multiple schools tied for the same ranking and are listed in no particular order.
“It is a great honor for our high schools to earn placement in these state and national rankings while continuing to navigate the widespread impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This achievement speaks directly to the resiliency of our students, the dedication of our staff, and the commitment of our community and families to be active participants in the advancement of our school system,” said Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, Superintendent/CEO of Schools. “We are immensely proud to earn this prestigious accomplishment.”

The U.S News & World Report is an American media company that publishes news, opinions, customer advice, rankings, and analysis. Founded as a newsweekly magazine in 1933, U.S. News is best known for its influential “Best Colleges” and “Best Hospital” rankings, but it has expanded its content to provide offerings in education, health, money, careers, travel, and cars.
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