Hume-Fogg, MLK land in another ranking of top U.S. high schools

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 10:24am
Staff reports

Once again, Metro’s Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School and Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet School are among the top 100 high schools in the nation, according to Newsweek magazine.

Hume-Fogg is listed as the 36th best high school in the magazine’s 2012 list of “America’s Best High Schools,” while MLK sits at the 90th. They represent the only schools in Tennessee ranked in the top 100.

Hume-Fogg and MLK, both lottery-based schools that have academic requirements for admissions, consistently make the magazine’s rankings. Last year, Hume-Fogg was named the 33rd best high school in the country. MLK did not make the 2011 list, but perennially earns a spot.

According to Newsweek, the magazine reached out to principals and other administrators for their school’s participation in a survey on the 2010-11 academic year to qualify for the rankings.

Criteria are: four-year, on-time graduation rate (25 percent); percent of 2011 graduates accepted to college (25 percent); AP, IB or AICE tests per student (25 percent); Average ACT or SAT scores (10 percent); AP, IB or AICE courses offered per student (5 percent).

12 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 5/23/12 at 9:34

Hunters Lane and Pearl Cohn are better.

By: jvh2b on 5/23/12 at 1:17

Sure they are Jughead, sure they are.

Anyone who reads your ill informed rants would understand exactly why you think such nonsense.

By: brownmm1 on 5/24/12 at 5:27

Private schools aren't considered in this survey - most of the top tier private schools in the Nashville area would blow the top 100 away on the criteria indicated.

By: joe41 on 5/24/12 at 8:58

Why don't they consider private schools?\

By: Rasputin72 on 5/24/12 at 3:47

Private schools for the wealthy and Magnet schools for the poor children with brains and desire. Charter schools for those with no money and little talent but a desire to be somebody.

Now this leaves the public schools of the last 150 years as "holding institutions" for the future worthless and the future criminals ......Antioch,Hunters Lane,Pearl Cohn,McGavock,Stratford,Maplewood are a few schools that seem to fit that description.

By: brownmm1 on 5/25/12 at 5:31

Because the aren't required to release the information under the freedom of information act. As far as magnet schools being for the poor, many wealthy folks pull out of private schools if their kids get into magnet schools under the mistaken assumption they are "just as good."

There are some good ones - but "magnet" does not necessarily = quality.

They are still public schools. They are still full of bureaucracy. They still have to deal with teacher unions. The kids are not the focus - the battle between union and administration is the focus.

By: brownmm1 on 5/25/12 at 5:46

Private schools are for people who sacrifice - who want more for their kids. I am by no means wealthy, but I choose to not go to Disney world or have a 60" plasma, iPhone, boat on the lake, and new car so that I can give to and provide my kids a better education.

I pay for public education, but choose to forfeit that and pay more for private education.

I may lose out on what some people feel are necessities. But I feel I am giving my kids a what they need over what I want.

By: Rasputin72 on 5/25/12 at 9:28

brownmm1.........You are to be admired. No investment you make in life will get you a better return on investment than private school for your children. This is especially true if you are a resident of Davidson County.

By: NilsOrion on 5/26/12 at 5:23

What is wrong with you polarized people? Well, of course, there are many great private schools, but the survey isn't about them. It ranks public schools. Private would be a whole other survey. And what makes you assume there are no good PUBLIC schools? One Example: People of means resort to all kinds of tricks to get their kids into Julia Green Elementary. Or does the fact that the school is in a primo rich area mean that it's not really a public school?

By: Rasputin72 on 5/26/12 at 6:59

Of course the survey is about public schools. The comments however NilsOrion are about the Davidson County Public Schools in general. Julia Green is a great school. The results of this school stem from the fact that the NAACP has made a deal with somebody in the government not to destroy this school. I am sure that they are being repaid in other ways for not sending their underclass to Green Hills.

By: Rasputin72 on 5/26/12 at 7:00

NilsOrion.....This is strictly an opinion of mine about Julia Green. I obviously do not know exactly why Julia Green is a neighborhood school.

By: Loretta Bridge on 5/29/12 at 7:44

Reasputin72 must have been educated in one the the bottom 5 schools in Davidson County to think that the NAACP has anything to do with this survey. If the Davidson County schools were good then why do most Black upper middle class and wealthy Black families in Nashville have their kids at Hume Fogg or private schools.