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Dacula-Area High Schools Among Washington Post's List of Most Challenging in America

They were among the 1,900 schools nationwide to make the list.

Several area high schools have been named to a list of institutions that challenge their students to excel.

Dacula, Mill Creek, Mountain View and Archer were all ranked among 1,900 schools that made the America's Most Challenging High Schools list published by The Washington Post.

Only 9 percent of the roughly 22,000 public high schools earned placement on the 2014 list.

In all, 20 county schools were named to the list. (see list below)

Gwinnett School of Math, Science & Tech in Lawrenceville was the county’s and state’s highest ranked school at No. 17.

The index formula used for the rankings measures public and private high schools’ ability to challenge their students. A school’s ranking is determined by dividing the number of college-level tests given by a school to all its students by the number of graduates for that year.  Gwinnett schools ranked by the Washington Post (with national ranking):

Gwinnett School of Math, Science & Tech (17th), North Gwinnett (197th), Norcross (275th), Meadowcreek (355th), Lanier (381st), Berkmar (418th), Brookwood (487th), Parkview (685th), Buford (690th), Peachtree Ridge (894th), Shiloh (899th), Duluth (970th), Mountain View (1,016th), Archer (1,026th), Central Gwinnett (1,124th), Dacula (1,177th), Mill Creek (1,182nd), South Gwinnett (1,272nd), Collins Hill (1,327th), Grayson (1,817th).

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