Cobb County High Schools Among Nation’s Most Challenging

students working at deskIt’s no secret that Cobb County has many excellent high schools; in fact, the high quality of public education in Cobb County has helped to make it one of the most in-demand real estate markets in Atlanta. Adding to the county’s educational credentials is the announcement that fourteen Cobb County high schools have been included on a list of the most challenging high schools in America!

What does this illustrate about education in Cobb County?

According to the Washington Post, the Most Challenging High Schools ranking uses an index based on the total number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) tests administered at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated from that school in May or June.

This “Challenge Index” gives a picture of how many students are taking advanced classes and challenging themselves academically. The list was intentionally not based on the number of students who scored highly in the AP, IB, and AICE tests. Many school districts choose to artificially inflate those numbers by only allowing the top-performing students to take challenging classes, a real shame considering researchers have found that even low-performing students who score 2 (out of 5) on AP tests still performed appreciably better in college than low-performing students who did not take advanced courses in high school.

By allowing all students to challenge themselves academically, Cobb County is encouraging academic excellence and helping prepare its students for the more rigorous coursework they will encounter in college.

Cobb County high school districts

Many north Atlanta buyers base their home searches on school district, with PopeWalton, and Lassiter in particularly high demand. If you are looking for a home in a specific Cobb County school district, contact the Wolfert & Wrenn Real Estate Team today!

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