10 Huntsville-area high schools rank among state’s best

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The Alabama School of Cyber Technology & Engineering is one of the state’s top high schools. (ASCTE)

The annual Niche.com rankings for high schools all over the country were released recently, and the Huntsville area found five schools ranked among the best public high schools in Alabama, and five more ranked among the best private high schools in the state.

Here’s where these schools fit among the 2024 rankings:

Huntsville, Madison schools among the top high schools

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Bob Jones was also listed among the state’s best high schools. (Bob Jones High School)

The Niche.com school rankings are released every year and are among the most respected school rankings in the country. Niche looks at each school and evaluates them based on nine categories:

  • Academics
  • Teachers
  • Clubs & Activities
  • Sports
  • Facilities & Resources
  • Diversity
  • College Prep
  • Administration
  • Food

Huntsville’s Alabama School of Cyber Technology & Engineering was ranked third in the state on the Niche list — the highest among all Huntsville-area public high schools.

Here’s the list of Niche’s 25 Best Public High Schools in Alabama:

  1. Loveless Academic Magnet Program High School (Montgomery)
  2.  Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (Mobile)
  3. Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering (Huntsville)
  4. Alabama School of Fine Arts (Birmingham)
  5. Homewood High School (Homewood)
  6. James Clemens High School (Madison)
  7. Mountain Brook High School (Mountain Brook)
  8. Bob Jones High School (Madison)
  9. New Century High School (Huntsville)
  10. Spain Park High School (Hoover)
  11. Vestavia Hills High Schools (Vestavia Hills)
  12. Auburn High School (Auburn)
  13. Hoover High School (Hoover)
  14. Fairhope High School (Fairhope)
  15. George W. Long High School (Dale County)
  16. Hewitt-Trussville High School (Trussville)
  17. Sweet Water High School (Marengo County)
  18. Hartselle High School (Hartselle)
  19. Thompson High School (Alabaster)
  20. Huntsville High School (Huntsville)
  21. Oak Mountain High School (Shelby County)
  22. Brewbaker Tech Magnet High School (Montgomery)
  23. Saraland High School (Saraland)
  24. Enterprise High School (Enterprise)
  25. Pelham High School (Pelham)

Randolph School ranked no. 4 on Niche’s Best Private High Schools in Alabama. Five local schools landed on that list as well:

  1. Indian Springs School (Shelby County)
  2. Altamont School (Birmingham)
  3. Providence Christian School (Dothan)
  4. Randolph School (Huntsville)
  5. St. John Paul II Catholic School (Huntsville)
  6. Montgomery Academy (Montgomery)
  7. St. James School (Montgomery)
  8. St. Paul’s Episcopal School (Mobile)
  9. Capitol School (Tuscaloosa)
  10. UMS-Wright Prep (Mobile)
  11. Westminster Christian Academy (Huntsville)
  12. John Carroll Catholic High School (Birmingham)
  13. Madison Academy (Madison)
  14. Mountain View Baptist School (Birmingham)
  15. Briarwood Christian School (Birmingham)
  16. Madison Baptist Academy (Madison)
  17. St. Bernard Prep (Cullman)
  18. Bayside Academy (Daphne)
  19. Donoho School (Anniston)
  20. Southern Prep Academy (Camp Hill)
  21. Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School (Montgomery)
  22. Alabama Christian Academy (Montgomery)
  23. McGill-Toolen Catholic School (Mobile)
  24. Houston Academy (Dothan)
  25. Springwood School (Lanett)

The Niche rankings

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Randolph School in Huntsville was ranked among the top 5 private high schools in Alabama. (Randolph School)

Niche came up with the rankings based on analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data and ratings collected from millions of Niche users.

The same methodology is used to produce the Overall Niche Grade for each ranked school as well as additional schools. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Dept. of Education represent the most recent data available, as self-reported by the schools.

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Michael Seale
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