The best middle schools in Huntsville-area, according to

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Liberty Middle School cracked the top 10 for Alabama’s best middle schools according to (Erin Elise / Hville Blast) released their annual middle school rankings for the best schools across the country, and two Huntsville-area public schools were ranked among the best in Alabama.

Here’s where these schools fall in the 2024 rankings:

The best public middle schools in the Huntsville-area

Discovery Middle school ranked Discovery Middle School the fifth best public middle school in Alabama. (Madison City Schools)

As we reported yesterday after released its list of Alabama’s best public high schools, releases its school rankings every year. Their determinations are among the most respected school rankings in the country, and Niche evaluates each school based on nine categories:

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

Both Huntsville-area public middle schools that cracked the top 25 came from Madison City Schools. Discovery Middle on Hughes Rd. ranked fifth among the state’s best public middle schools. Liberty Middle on Dock Murphy Dr. ranked eighth.

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

  1. Homewood Middle School (Homewood)
  2. Liberty Park Middle School (Vestavia Hills)
  3. Robert F. Bumpus Middle School (Hoover)
  4. Auburn Junior High School (Auburn)
  5. Discovery Middle School (Madison)
  6. Louis Pizitz Middle School (Vestavia Hills)
  7. Saraland Middle/Nelson Adams (Saraland)
  8. Liberty Middle School (Madison)
  9. Berry Middle School (Hoover)
  10. Ira F. Simmons Middle School (Hoover)
  11. Drake Middle School (Auburn)
  12. East Samford School (Auburn)
  13. Mtn. Brook Junior High School (Mountain Brook)
  14. Hartselle Intermediate School (Hartselle)
  15. Sweet Water High School (Sweet Water)
  16. Muscle Shoals Middle School (Muscle Shoals)
  17. Hewitt-Trussville Middle School (Trussville)
  18. Dauphin Junior High School (Enterprise)
  19. Hartselle Junior High School (Hartselle)
  20. Fairhope Middle School (Fairhope)
  21. Oak. Mt. Middle School (Birmingham)
  22. Thompson Middle School (Alabaster)
  23. Pelham Park Middle School (Pelham)
  24. Coppinville School (Enterprise)
  25. Plainview School (Rainsville)

The Niche Rankings

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Only two Huntsville-area schools ranked in Alabama’s top 25 public middle schools according to, and both are a part of the Madison City School District. (Madison City Schools)

Niche ranks schools 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 produces 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 data self-reported by the schools.

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Audrey Johnson
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