Heritage named a top high school

CONYERS -- Heritage High School was the only school in Rockdale County and one of 55 in the state to make Newsweek magazine's America's Best High Schools list for 2010.

On the list, Heritage ranked 1,360 out of the 1,623 top high schools in the nation, and ranked 51 out of the 55 top high schools in the state.

"I am very pleased that our staff and students' hard work is being recognized," said school Principal Greg Fowler. "This list is extra special because it recognizes the variety of students that are taking and passing Advanced Placement courses. These are rigorous college-level courses that reap great benefits for our students."

Each year, Newsweek pools data to determine how much schools challenge students with Advanced Placement and college-level courses and tests.

"As a school, we have emphasized more rigorous course work for all of our students," Fowler said. "Newsweek's list speaks to that course work. We have asked all of our counselors and staff to recommend that all students take courses at the honors or advanced level or above. These high expectations pay off in the long run for the student."

Students who score a 3, 4 or 5 on AP tests during college can earn college credit.

In December, Heritage and Rockdale County high schools were named to U.S. News & World Report magazine's 2010 America's Best High Schools list. Rockdale County High was the only Rockdale County school to make the Newsweek list in 2007, which was the last time a Rockdale County school appeared on the list.

Newsweek's Web site, www.newsweek.com, contains the complete list of 1,623 schools, which can be sorted by state. Also on the site is a profile of each school.