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Ten Georgia high schools make Newsweek's top 500 list. Fulton, DeKalb and Cobb lead list.

Newsweek is out with its list of top 500 U.S. high schools and none from Georgia cracks the top 100. The highest rank goes to Northview High School in Fulton County at 132.

Newsweek says high schools earn their spots through proficiency rates on state standardized assessments as well as the number of counselors, college acceptance and enrollment, SAT and ACT participation and performance, AP, IB, and AICE participation and performance and dual enrollments. Most of the very top schools on the list have poverty levels under 12 percent.

DeKalb, Fulton and Cobb each have two schools on the list. Here are the other Georgia schools on the top 500 list besides Northview:

DeKalb School of the Arts (DeKalb): 177

Chattahoochee (Fulton): 281

Pope (Cobb): 297

Harrison (Cobb) 334

Oconee County (Oconee): 392

Chamblee (DeKalb): 431

Lakeside (Columbia County): 435

Brookwood (Gwinnett): 447

Columbus (Muscogee): 485

Here is a comment from a Newsweek reader on a concern being raised about Newsweek's methodology:

No disrespect intended to any school that ranks on this list -- they obviously do amazing work by nearly any standard. However, Newsweek can't continue to evaluate specialty magnet schools in the same way you evaluate general high schools that do not specialize in STEM, fine arts or anything that narrows the field of potential students.

You have specialty schools that rank at or near the top claiming less than a few percentage points of students living in poverty while further down the list you've got schools where a significant chunk of students are economically disadvantaged. How can you say those schools are achieving similar levels of success when their student populations are so dramatically different? Give me a student population with less than 5% living economically disadvantaged and you should be surprised if the school isn't pushing close to 100% graduation rates and college acceptances.

Newsweek offers a second Beating the Odds list of 500 schools that recognizes, "schools that do an excellent job of preparing their students for college while also overcoming the obstacles posed by students at an economic disadvantage."

Here are the Georgia schools on that list and their ranking:

DeKalb School of the Arts: 97

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology (Gwinnett): 287

Columbus High School: 345

Pope High School: 364

Parkview (Gwinnett) 375

Central Gwinnett High School: 399

Buford High School: 410

Norcross (Gwinnett): 434

Hillgrove (Cobb): 441


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Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.