Nashville-based Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School ranks 33rd nationally in the just-released Newsweek “America’s Best High Schools 2011” list of the nation’s top 500 public high schools.
Fellow Metro school Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School, which was No. 54 in the 2010 ranking, is not included this year.
Williamson County’s Brentwood (100), Ravenwood (284) and Page (494) high schools also made the list.
Two other Tennessee-based high schools — Houston High (377) in Germantown (a Memphis suburb) and Farragut High (454) in Knoxville — round out the state contingent.
Dallas-based School of Science and Engineering Magnet High School ranks No. 1
Newsweek revamped its methodology for 2011 to highlight some major changes in public education.
The publication’s new criteria have six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), and AP tests taken per graduate (25 percent), plus average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB scores (10 percent) and AP courses offered per graduate (5 percent).
In all, more than 1,100 U.S. public high schools supplied internal data, and Newsweek culled from there to get to 500.
In the 2010 rankings released last June, Hume-Fogg earned the 41st ranking, a slight drop from the 29th position it received in 2009. As noted, MLK was 54th overall, a drop from the 30th ranking it received in 2009.
Hillsboro High School, the only other Metro school that made the list of more than 1,600 schools in 2010, ranked 822nd.
Fourteen Tennessee schools earned a spot on the 2010 rankings, with five Williamson County schools making the list.
Newsweek has been issuing its list of “America’s Best High Schools” since 1998.