HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — Four Hamilton County high schools have made the U.S. News and World Report list of Best High Schools.
Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, Hamilton County Collegiate High and Lookout Valley Middle/High made the annual list of best high schools in the country.
The U.S. News and World Report list looks for students exceeding expectations in their states, underserved students performing better than the state average in reading and math, school’s graduation rates exceeding 80 percent, and schools prepares graduates for college-level work.
Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts earned a Silver Medal and ranked 7th in Tennessee.
Only 11 percent of high schools earn the Silver Award distinction.
Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, Collegiate High, and Lookout Valley each received a Bronze Medal.
Sixteen percent of high schools earn the Bronze Medal distinction.
The Hamilton County Department of Education says Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts was noted for the school’s impressive student participation and success in Advanced Placement in the announcement.
Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, a magnet school, was chosen in part for its proven record of success with more than 95 percent of its graduates going on to post-secondary education, according to the Department of Education.
The school system says Hamilton County Collegiate High at Chattanooga State is listed under its old name of Hamilton County Middle College High on the list. The school gives the students the chance to to earn a high school diploma and an associate’s degree at Collegiate High.
According to the Department of Education, Lookout Valley Middle/High is known for requiring all seniors to write a resume and participate in mock job interviews.