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The Madison Record

Niche survey ranks all Madison schools among best in state

Branwen Apqwilym spins a vortex at Madison Elementary School. (CONTRIBUTED)
Branwen Apqwilym spins a vortex at Madison Elementary School. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – A national survey by Niche has rated all campuses in Madison City Schools among the best in Alabama.

Niche, a national statistics and ranking organization, evaluates cities, schools and college. Niche used voluminous statistics and 27 million opinions from 300,000 students and parents. (niche.com/rankings)

After rating 14,000 public high schools, Niche placed Bob Jones High School in the top two percent nationally and eighth best in Alabama. “We’re very proud to continue to be named in national publications as one of the state’s and America’s best,” Bob Jones Principal Robby Parker said.

“It’s our responsibility to make Bob Jones kids desirable to colleges and universities or the workforce,” Parker said. “This award gives us affirmation that we are instructionally sound and curricularly aggressive. I want this community to know we’re not satisfied and strive daily to remain relevant.”

Discovery Middle School was rated tenth in Alabama, followed immediately by Liberty Middle School at 11th.

Madison Elementary School placed ninth on Niche’s list of “Best Public Elementary Schools.” Hall Kent Elementary School in Homewood was first in Alabama, along with three Mountain Brook schools.

Madison’s other elementary schools also placed: Mill Creek, 17; Heritage, 18; Horizon, 21; Columbia, 24; Rainbow, 25; and West Madison, 26.

“We are always pleased to be listed among the best schools, and our district is ranked in the top two percent nationally in the Niche report,” Judy Warmath said. Warmath works as coordinator of elementary instruction for Madison City Schools.

“Our teachers and our students make us a great system, along with the high expectations we set for ourselves and hold as a priority by our parents and community,” Warmath said. “We enjoy a strong sense of community and parental support in Madison.”

Niche didn’t consider James Clemens High School in the survey, because the school is ‘new.’ However, James Clemens has earned accolades in other reviews, like “America’s Top High Schools 2014” by “The Daily Beast.”

Carnegie Mellon University students founded Niche in 2002. For more information, visit niche.com.

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