DALE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — G.W. Long High School ranked #6 among the top ten middle schools in the state, according to U.S. News.

The rankings were determined by proficiency in mathematics and reading based on state assessment scores as well as how students performed from different socioeconomic backgrounds.

The 2024 Best Elementary and Middle Schools rankings offer a way for parents to get a snapshot of their child’s school and how well it’s doing within its community,” said LaMont Jones, managing editor for education at U.S. News. “Easily accessible data on student-teacher ratio, district spending, and the number of school counselors available at the school can keep parents informed and involved.”

The rankings also take into account the ratio between students and teachers if there was a tie between equally proficient scores.

“This is a great accomplishment for our students, teachers, school, and community,” says G.W. Long High School Principal Daniel Barrentine.

Here are the top-ranked 10 middle schools statewide:

  1. Pizitz Middle School – Vestavia Hills City
  2. Liberty Park Middle School – Vestavia Hills City
  3. Fairhope Middle School – Baldwin County
  4. Homewood Middle School – Homewood City
  5. Oak Mountain Intermediate School – Shelby County
  6. George W Long High School (Grades 7-12) – Dale County
  7. Phillips Preparatory Middle School – Mobile County
  8. Liberty Middle School – Madison City
  9. Mountain Brook Junior High School – Mountain Brook City
  10. Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School – Jefferson County

G.W. Long High School also ranked #15 in Alabama’s 25 best public high schools for 2024 in a report from AL.com.