John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School ranked second in Georgia and 147th nationally, and A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet School was 23rd in the state and 1,366th in the country.
“I was disappointed that we weren’t first,” Davidson Principal Vicky Addison said of the state ranking. “I do believe in the premise the school was founded upon, that students involved in the arts do better academically.”
Savannah Arts Academy ranked No. 1 in Georgia.
U.S. News based its rankings on 22,000 public high schools in the U.S. and awarded schools gold, silver or bronze medals based on state proficiency standards, college readiness and other factors. Analysts compiled state lists based on how schools ranked nationally.
Davidson and Johnson scored above state averages on factors that determined the rankings. Both schools scored 100 percent proficiency in English and math. Davidson has a 67.5 percent college-readiness score, based on percentage of seniors who were tested and passed Advanced Placement exams. Johnson scored 25.3 percent.
Addison said the rankings give weight to what the schools strive to accomplish every day in preparing students for the future.
“I think it tells the public that we are nationally competitive with lots of other high schools and that we get really good results.”