U.S. News & World Report recently named Columbia High School as the No. 22 best high school in Mississippi.
The national news magazine uses factors like college readiness, math and reading proficiency, underserved student performance, college curriculum breadth and graduation rate to determine the rankings.
“I am so proud of all of our students, teachers, and campus staff,” CHS Principal Braxton Stowe said in a statement. “It is because of their grit and resolve that we earned this high ranking. Every day, our teachers and staff show up ready to do whatever it takes to meet our school mission of Educational excellence. Every student. Every day. This ranking is only the beginning; we will continue to move up these rankings as we strive towards our vision of developing all students as strong thinkers, readers, writers, and leaders who will continue to strive for knowledge, excellence, and unity in all their future endeavors. I would also like to send a special thanks to our parents and community partners. With their continued support, Columbia High Schools will continue to be one of the best high schools in Mississippi.”
Superintendent Jason Harris offered congratulations to Stowe, the students and the staff.
“What an outstanding achievement for our school district. I commend everyone for their hard work and determination to obtain this accomplishment,” he said.
The top 10 high schools in the state, according to U.S. News & World Report, are:
1. Mississippi School for Math and Science
2. Lewisburg High
3. Natchez Early College Academy
4. Biloxi High
5. Center Hill High
6. Pass Christian High
7. DeSoto Central High School
8. Booneville High School
9. Ocean Springs High School
10. Petal High School