Cherokee graduation 2016

In this 2016 file photo, Cherokee seniors Sydney Ross, left, and Wessly Soronellas during Cherokee High School’s commencement ceremony at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock.

Cherokee County School District’s six high schools were named this week to the U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” list for 2021.

Creekview High School led the county in the rankings at No. 2,342 out of 24,000 high schools in the country.

Five of CCSD’s high schools – Creekview, Etowah, River Ridge, Sequoyah and Woodstock – also ranked in the Top 100 in Georgia out of over 400 high schools in the state and fell within the top 15% nationwide.

The magazine’s prestigious list is based on factors including academic performance, college readiness, graduation rates and success of disadvantaged students. The U.S. News rankings include data on nearly 24,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to traditional high schools, the rankings encompass charter; magnet; and science, technology, engineering and math-focused schools.

Brian Hightower mug

Brian Hightower

“It’s great to see national recognition for what we already know to be true here at home—that our teachers, students and support teams are working hard and achieving at impressive levels,” Superintendent Brian Hightower said in a statement. “We also greatly appreciate the support of our students’ families and our community partners, which makes accomplishments like this possible.”

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