According to a new ranking, Fayette County has five of the top 100 high schools in Georgia.

U.S. News & World Report released their annual rankings of high schools in the nation earlier this week.

McIntosh ranked 20th in the state and 543 in the national rankings. Starr’s Mill ranked 27th, while Whitewater was 41st. Fayette County High School finished 74th, while Sandy Creek was 97th in the state. The top ranked high school in the state was Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

The rankings evaluated 416 high schools in the state.

The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 23,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia.

U.S. News explained how they evaluated the schools:

“We did this by summing their weighted scores across six indicators of school quality, then computed for each school a single zero to 100 overall score reflective of performance across these metrics. The overall scores depict how well each school did on a national percentile basis. For example, a school with a score of 60 performed in the 60th percentile among all schools in the rankings.

“With the revamped methodology, most schools’ ranks changed significantly between 2018 and 2019 because of the broader competition in terms of the number of schools being newly ranked – more than 14,500. Consequently, a school’s rise or fall in the 2019 rankings does not necessarily reflect a difference in its underlying data. Since the methodology changed so significantly this year, a school’s ranking in the 2019 Best High Schools ranking can’t be compared with its rankings in any previous U.S. News ranking,” the magazine noted.