Birmingham High Schools Make ‘U.S. News & World Report’s’ Best High Schools List

Birmingham metro high schools ranked high among the 2018 best U.S. high schools in the “U.S. News & World Report “annual high school rankings. The assessment covered 20,500-plus public high schools. U.S. News identified schools that best serve all students,and assessed the level of “college readiness” among students. A four-step process was used to rank all eligible schools. Mountain Brook, Oak Mountain, Vestavia Hills, Homewood and Hewitt-Trussville ranked in the state’s top 10.

The following are Birmingham-area high schools with their overall state ranking in parenthesis: Mountain Brook (2); Homewood (3); Oak Mountain (5); Vestavia Hills (6); Hewitt-Trussville (7); Ramsay (12); Spain Park (14); Thompson (16); Chelsea (19); Helena (23); Hoover (26); Pelham (27); and Shades Valley (32).


“Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas:  exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students,” stated Anita Narayan, U.S. News managing editor of Education, in a press release.

Fly the Friendly Southern Skies

Southern Sky Aviation opened recently at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport with a 67,000-square-foot space, spanning both the east and west ramps.

Southern Sky Aviation offers charter flights, maintenance, flight training, aircraft sales, aircraft management and avionics services. It was founded by Birmingham business veteran Bill Gunnells, who previously was CEO and founder of the prescription drug card benefits company RxBenefits.

Southern Sky is slated to arrange private charters, help clients buy, sell and manage aircraft, plus provide pilot training.

UAB Medicine Launches Wayfinder App

Have you tried the new free University of Alabama Medicine Wayfinder app to find destinations anywhere on the Birmingham medical campus? It’s available for mobile devices and as a web version for desktop use.

The app also navigates the interiors of UAB Medicine’s main campus buildings, leading users to the front door of outlying clinics and UAB Hospital-Highlands. It links clinic areas with parking lots, gift shops, guest services as well as nearby dining options and hotels. It also remembers where you parked your car! 

Nilipour Oriental Rugs

Did you know Nilipour Oriental Rugs can expertly clean Oriental rugs and carpets? Their team has decades of practice and research hand-washing, enzyme-deodorizing and conditioning rugs. Everyday carpet cleaners and heavy scrubbing can damage hand-woven rugs’ fibers.

Regarding pet stains, the Nilipour team uses a special enzyme treatment that targets odors by breaking down the specific acids contained in pet urine and eating away the bacteria that causes the smell.

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