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Hewitt-Trussville High School is Ranked 7th Best High School in Alabama

Trussville City Schools is proud to announce that U.S. News and World Report has ranked Hewitt-Trussville High School (HTHS) as the 7th Best High School in Alabama. Schools across the nation are ranked based on their performance on state required tests and how well students are prepared for college. Last year, HTHS was ranked the 13th Best High School in Alabama and we moved up to #7 for the May 2018 data release. This data is based on the 2015-2016 school year when Hewitt-Trussville High School had 1438 students in grades 9-12 with 120 Faculty and Staff.


According to the U.S. News & World Report, rankings are determined in four steps:

  • STEP 1 - Students exceeded expectations in their states.  We looked at whether each school’s relative performance in its state reading and mathematics assessments exceeded expectations, factoring in the proportion of its student body that is economically disadvantaged and projected to score lower.
  • STEP 2 - Underserved students performed better than the state average. Next, we compared each school's reading and mathematics assessment scores among only their historically underserved students - black, Hispanic and low-income - with the average statewide results for these subgroups. We selected schools that outperformed their state averages.
  • STEP 3 - Student graduation rates met a threshold.  We excluded schools from consideration if their graduation rates were lower than 80 percent.
  • STEP 4 - Students were prepared for college-level coursework. For schools passing the first three steps, we calculated a College Readiness Index based on the percentages of each school’s students who took and passed AP exams. Tiebreakers determined the ranks of schools achieving the same CRI.

Superintendent Dr. Pattie Neill stated, “Our goal is to stay current and move to the next level of excellence each year. We have deliberate processes in place to achieve this goal and I am thrilled with our upward trajectory from #13 to #7 in our high school state ranking. This US News and World Report is evidence of the hard work, dedication and expertise of our Trussville City School employees. I am so proud of this group of TCS students.”


Principal Tim Salem shared, “When a school has students who want to excel, teachers who strive to guide and educate, and parents who have high standards for their kids, college/career readiness indicators will be noticeable. ”


Congratulations to the students, faculty and staff for an outstanding recognition!