Best high schools in Alabama

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(STACKER) — As filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron said during a ’96 commencement address at Wellesley College, “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” If that’s the case, high school may be one of the greatest dress rehearsals of all.

It’s a place where students explore their interests, dive into extracurricular activities, finally get the freedom to choose their own classes, and prepare for college or the workplace. For many of these students and their families, public education is key: 48.1 million students enrolled in public elementary and secondary schools in 2020; and there are almost 24,000 public high schools in the U.S., according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

For many anxious parents, getting their kid into the best of these public high schools is of the utmost importance. Some families even move homes to get into better school districts. However, among all of these thousands of schools, a few stand out for their academic excellence, incredible track records, and the future success of their young students.

Find out how the best high schools in the state stack up against each other, 4 of the 10 schools in the list are private schools. Stacker compiled a list of the best high schools in Alabama using rankings from Niche.

#10. Bob Jones High School (public)
– District: Madison City Schools, AL
– Enrollment: 1,818 (17:1 student to teacher ratio)

#9. Vestavia Hills High School (public)
– District: Vestavia Hills City Schools, AL
– Enrollment: 2,021 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)

#8. The Montgomery Academy (private)
– Location: Montgomery
– Enrollment: 805 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)

#7. James Clemens High School (public)
– District: Madison City Schools, AL
– Enrollment: 2,066 (19:1 student to teacher ratio)

#6. Homewood High School (public)
– District: Homewood City Schools, AL
– Enrollment: 1,218 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)

#5. Mt. Brook High School (public)
– District: Mountain Brook City Schools, AL
– Enrollment: 1,043 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)

#4. Randolph School (private)
– Location: Huntsville
– Enrollment: 920 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)

#3. Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School (public)
– District: Montgomery County Schools, AL
– Enrollment: 491 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)

#2. The Altamont School (private)
– Location: Birmingham
– Enrollment: 365 (6:1 student to teacher ratio)

#1. Indian Springs School (private)
– Location: Indian Springs
– Enrollment: 321 (8:1 student to teacher ratio)

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