2017 Best Public High Schools in Georgia

The 2017 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school ratings.
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    High School Senior:Although this school is by far the most rigorous school in Georgia, it is also the most rewarding. I have learned to work hard and manage my time to study for all my classes. In doing so, I have learned to value hard work as well as my free time, and I cherish the time that I spend with friends.

    GSMST gave me an incredible STEM education, with classes like Engineering Applications and AP Computer Science to propel me in my career path.

    The culture of GSMST is second to none - our class is very tightly-knit and students are always nice to each other, even between different grades. Our wide diversity provides for some incredible events such as International Night, which allows students from different regions around the world to showcase their talents or customs.
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    Northview High School

    • Duluth, GA
    • 470 reviews
    High School Senior:I am so grateful to go to such a academically rigorous school that allows me to be involved with many clubs and community services. The current principal understands the stress our students go through and works hard to alleviate that stress. He also stresses integrity, personal responsibility, humility, and positive attitudes. I see him walking around the halls talking to students and taking his time to come into the classrooms to encourage both students and teachers. He also helps the janitorial staff by rolling garbage cans for them. He truly cares about everyone in the school and most of the teachers do as well. The student body is very diverse, but doesn't always realize how good they have it by going to this school. Many take it for granted and never realize that they should give back to the school and the community since it has given them so much.
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    Columbus High School

    • Columbus, GA
    • 619 reviews
    High School Senior:Overall, Columbus High School may be tough if you choose to push yourself but its all about the student experience as we are all a family and the high rate of acceptance of Columbus High students to the colleges of their dreams.
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    North Gwinnett High School

    • Suwanee, GA
    • 642 reviews
    High School Senior:The majority of the teachers there are fantastic and nearly always willing to lend some of their extra time if it means you will be successful. There is an abundance of assistance opportunities so that it takes more effort to fail than to pass a class. The administration and faculty are both open to new ideas that will contribute positively to the overall reputation and achievement of the school.
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    Lambert High School

    • Suwanee, GA
    • 424 reviews
    High School Junior:I've had an amazing time at Lambert. I have found the perfect group of people to be around and know that we will be friends for a long time. The rigor and overall quality of the academics here have been exactly where I need them to be. The teachers are all very kind and truly want the best for their students at heart.
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    Johns Creek High School

    • Johns Creek, GA
    • 309 reviews
    Niche User:The teachers at this school are very helpful and cooperative and the faculty is just as helpful. Extracurricular activities definitely make the high school experience more favorable throughout the years which is helped by meeting people with common interests as yours. I would give anything to go to this school once more for another four years.
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    Walton High School

    • Marietta, GA
    • 380 reviews
    High School Senior:There are many opportunities given to the students at Walton to enjoy their high school experience. There is a club for just about anyone and if there isn't a club that you want to join, you can create a club through the administrators. Walton High School is very diverse which allows everyone to find a group to fit in with. Something that makes Walton High School unique is that on Wednesdays, we have things called Walton Enrichment Blocks (W.E.B.) where classes are thirty minutes long and students are released from school at 12:42. This allows students to spend the afternoon with teachers and get help in school. It has been very beneficial to me as well as many others at Walton. Walton is rigorous school but challenges me to push myself to do the very best.
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    Peachtree Ridge High School

    • Suwanee, GA
    • 671 reviews
    High School Junior:Peachtree Ridge High School aims to uphold a standard of excellence, and it certainly lives up to its expectations. This school provides countless opportunities to get involved, and there is a place for each and every student to fit in. No matter what you may be interested in doing, you can always find your place. The teachers, administrators, and all other staff members take pride in their work, which makes the experience as a student much more meaningful. One aspect of the classes that makes learning at this school a privilege is that we apply what we learn through critical thinking and real world application. It is because of the excellent experiences at this school that I feel proud to cheer at the football games, and I feel honored to call myself a Peachtree Ridge Lion.
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    South Forsyth High School

    • Cumming, GA
    • 402 reviews
    High School Senior:I really love my school. Academics are highly valued along with career-tech classes. My school has great extra-curricular activities and clubs for students to participate in. There are great teachers and high standards of education that are achieved each year. The career-tech classes prepare students to have a career in the future. I wouldn't change my school. It has a balance of exceptional academics and extra-curricular activities.
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    Brookwood High School

    • Snellville, GA
    • 803 reviews
    High School Junior:This school goes above and beyond in anything and everything they do. Freshman year they help guide you in your beginning high school years. The electives help guide you into the person you wish to be when you are older. The activities outside of school bring school spirit and allow you to network with people you normally wouldn't have known. This school is the absolute best and I wouldn't have wanted to go anywhere else.
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    Chattahoochee High School

    • Alpharetta, GA
    • 435 reviews
    High School Senior:The environment and atmosphere at my school is great! I love the teachers because most of them care a lot about your future and education. This school definitely supported me with a foundation to take on college and eventually the real world.
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    Kennesaw Mountain High School

    • Kennesaw, GA
    • 543 reviews
    High School Junior:So far my experience here has been great. I was homeschooled until high school so I did not know what to expect from public school. Everyone is accepting and the teachers are great. I am in magnet so the teachers definitely help you when you need it.
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    Buford High School

    • Buford, GA
    • 175 reviews
    High School Senior:I, without a doubt, know for a fact that I would never desire to attend any other high school than Buford High. The experience I have had in the past four years is priceless, regarding the eternal bonds I have made with my past teachers and current friends. This school is very unique from all of the rest because, somehow, the system is able to come together and unite in such a special way that is so sweetly different-- it's called FAMILY. No matter what challenges, adversities, or hardships the school system faces, the school's morale always comes back stronger and ready to tackle on the next challenge as a family. I have gone to Buford since my first steps into Preschool, and I am overjoyed to be graduating in the same system where I will take my last steps out of High School!
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    Chamblee Charter High School

    • Chamblee, GA
    • 444 reviews
    High School Senior:I would choose this school because its diversity allows you to explore the cultural backgrounds of people you may have never come across before. Chamblee truly is all about hard word and strives each of their students to do their best and to never give up. This school offers a variety of classes that require high level thinking yet they teachers here are very well qualified and makes coming to fun. Everyday at Chamblee is a learning experience.
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    Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School

    • Augusta, GA
    • 300 reviews
    Niche User:Despite the heavy work load and rigor of classes and busy schedule between AP classes, extracurricular activities, fine arts, etc. I still enjoyed my experience at Davidson. This school has prepared me for the stress and rigor of college and life in the future, and I would not want to go to any other school in this city, or in this state either, unless it was as excellent if not better than Davidson. It's extremely stressful and demanding, especially if you are heavily involved in academics, fine arts, and activities, but it's a valuable experience, and I wouldn't trade my experience here for anything.
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    Alpharetta High School

    • Alpharetta, GA
    • 356 reviews
    High School Senior:Once you get into the groove of high school, everything is a breeze. Your classes set you in an environment with people like-minded. There are amazing people here to befriend and it's just a fun experience overall!
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    Decatur High School

    • Decatur, GA
    • 268 reviews
    Parent:Decatur is an amazing town to raise a family. DHS has grown with the influx of growth and provides a great education. Most all of the teachers are very qualified and care about their students sucess.
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    Lassiter High School

    • Marietta, GA
    • 406 reviews
    High School Senior:I transferred to this school freshman year from a Cherokee County high school and it was honestly the best decision I could have made. Although it is very clique-y, everyone is so nice and easy to get along with and it has been a fantastic high school experience. The sports are great all-around and I am honored to have been a part of this school.
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    North Oconee High School

    • Bogart, GA
    • 192 reviews
    High School Senior:Amazing school. Anybody that goes is extremely privileged by the education quality, as well as the sheer number of things to be involved in.
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    DeKalb School of the Arts

    • Avondale Estates, GA
    • 132 reviews
    Niche User:So far, I have really enjoyed my experience at DSA. Although its competitive to get in, its still competitive once you're in. However, I believe that it only builds character and confidence.
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    Savannah Arts Academy

    • Savannah, GA
    • 487 reviews
    High School Senior:My overall experience at Savannah Art Academy has been the best. Yes, there are some problems and issues at Savannah Arts, but every school runs into problems and issues. There is no absolute "perfect" school out there. You have to find the school that is perfect for you and for me that school is Savannah Arts. As a student at Savannah Arts, you are surrounded by so much talent and academic success, that it just rubs off on you. The showcases and performances our school puts on are so amazing. There is so much talent at our school, that it is almost overwhelming. Everyone at Savannah Arts is so self-motivated, and are always striving for the best. Our school is so unique because of our success in the classroom, in the arts, and also in athletics. We may not have the traditional high school sports, but we still succeed. Whatever it may be that a Savannah Arts Academy student devotes their time and energy into, they will more than likely be successful. Savannah Arts is also unique because we don't take any student. Students must pass an audition and have a certain GPA to be admitted into Savannah Arts. If I had the opportunity to "do it all over again" I would without a doubt choose Savannah Arts. It's funny because when I first was deciding where to go to high school, I wasn't even considering Savannah Arts. Now, I couldn't see myself attending any other high school in Savannah. I have made friends with girls who will be my friends for life and will probably be bridesmaids in my wedding. I am always proud to say "Savannah Arts Academy" whenever someone asks me where I go to school. I will always carry the "Panther Pride" with me wherever I go.
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    Hillgrove High School

    • Powder Springs, GA
    • 493 reviews
    High School Junior:I love my school and have a very positive experience. The teachers are great and I feel they really can relate to the students. I feel that too much emphasis is put on dress code and sometimes the rules are to strict for the students to be free to show their school spirit.
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    Roswell High School

    • Roswell, GA
    • 376 reviews
    Niche User:I loved Roswell. If I could choose any high school to go to I would still choose this one. It may not be the richest in the community but the students and staff definitely give their all and have school spirit. Tradition such as camo fridays for seniors is everything and I will never forget that. GO HORNETS!
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    Mill Creek High School

    • Hoschton, GA
    • 946 reviews
    High School Senior:Mill Creek High School students are the best! We have so much spirit! Not only do we have fun, but the knowledge that we gain here makes us the brightest students in Georgia. I have enjoyed my time at Mill Creek and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.
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    Milton High School

    • Alpharetta, GA
    • 352 reviews
    High School Senior:I joined the band my freshmen year and this group has become my family over the past four years. I would repeat my high school years just to spend them with the great people I have become friends with.
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