Madison City Schools is the best school system in the state, according to a recent poll. When the yearly Niche.com school rankings are released, folks pay attention, as the education information website has become one of the most respected evaluators of schools in the country.
And Niche recently released its school rankings by state, with Madison City Schools ranked as the top school system in Alabama.
No. 1 out of 138 districts
The Niche rankings are released around this time every year, and this year saw Madison City Schools take the top spot among some pretty impressive districts throughout the state. Madison City Schools No.1 out of 138 school districts statewide, and 57th best of 10,571 school systems nationwide.
Here is how Niche ranked the top 10 school systems in Alabama:
- Madison City Schools
- Homewood City Schools
- Auburn City Schools
- Vestavia Hills City Schools
- Hoover City Schools
- Mountain Brook City Schools
- Florence City Schools
- Trussville City Schools
- Muscle Shoals City Schools
- Hartselle City Schools
The seven elementary schools in Madison City all landed in the top 10 of the school rankings, out of 741 elementary schools ranked statewide:
- Mill Creek, no. 3
- Horizon, no. 4
- Heritage, no. 5
- Columbia, no. 6
- Midtown, no. 8
- Madison, no. 9
- Rainbow, no. 10.
Discovery Middle placed 1st and Liberty 5th out of 397 middle schools ranked statewide. James Clemens placed 6th and Bob Jones 9th out of 365 Alabama high schools.
A ‘true community effort’
Madison City Schools Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols said being in the top tier in every category is a “true community effort.”
“Certainly, administrators, teachers, and support staff in our schools deserve much of the credit. They are where the learning happens every day. It is also a reflection of the great parents and kids we have in the district and an administrative team and board that continuously looks for ways to improve.”Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols
Nichols credited the past and current board and community leaders for decisions that support an incredible curriculum for all students.
The close rankings by all schools in Madison City affirm longstanding district efforts to ensure quality education to all children no matter what school they attend, Nichols said. He also commended the board and community for decisions – sometimes difficult ones like rezoning and the recent tax increase for schools – that continually keep MCS at the forefront of school districts nationwide.
Niche says it bases its annual evaluations using a variety of criteria including state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school and district ratings and opinions from parents and students.