SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — According to U.S. News and World Report, Skipperville’s G.W. Long High School was ranked the number one high school out of five schools in the Ozark metropolitan area.
Principal Daniel Barrentine says the ranking is an honor, but he credits his teachers and students for the accomplishment.
“To be number one is special. It shows that what we are doing is working, but a lot of it comes back to our teachers, our students, our community expects us to do really well and we expect that from our students,” Barrentine said.
Barrentine says that in addition to teaching the required curriculum, the school also focuses on preparation for the ACT test within every class.
This is to ensure students are fully prepared to take the standardized test required for college admission. He says this, too, is a factor in his students’ success.
“We’re teaching the content, but also making sure that we prep our kids for that test that they’re going to take,” Barrentine said. “But at the end of the day, our teachers are the best and we have the best students.”
Barrentine says they are looking ahead to challenges that the new school year might bring and will work to keep that number one ranking.
“A lot of it is just getting in here teaching, finding out where we struggle, where we’re strong, and then try to bridge the gap between those two areas.,” Barrentine said.
Barrentine expresses that G.W. Long does not plan to be content with the latest ranking, but will keep striving to become even better.