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Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Lynn Hobbs lynn@msgr.com
Smith Communications Inc.

Putnam County High School has made U.S. News & World Report’s list of “Best High Schools in Georgia” for the second time. PCHS made the list in 2013 and now has made the 2015 list.

“I’m happy we’re in the top 25 percent of high schools in the nation, which is a testament that PCHS is moving in the right direction and students and teachers are finding success,” Principal Barry Lollis said.

 magazine, which has been ranking colleges, universities, graduate schools and high schools for a number of years, reviewed 29,070 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia for its most recent list.

Of those, 133 schools in Georgia made the rankings with 19 receiving a gold medal, 45 earning silver medals, and 69 being awarded bronze, according to information from U.S. News & World Report. 

PCHS, a bronze medal recipient, is the only school in Georgia’s Lake Country, the Oconee Regional Education Service Agency and Putnam’s neighboring counties, on the list. PCHS also earned bronze in 2013.

The rankings were determined by assessing whether each school’s students performed better than the state average and whether their disadvantaged students – black, Hispanic and low-income – performed better than disadvantaged students across the state. Results of state assessments were the benchmark.