PCHS, Banks among state’s ‘standout schools’

Published 9:04 pm Monday, January 13, 2020

The 2020 Niche Standout Schools listed Pike County High School as one of Alabama’s 15 Standout High Schools and Banks School as one of Alabama’s 15 Standout Middle Schools.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, said it is always an exciting and good thing for schools to be recognized for their hard work.

“From our perspective, we already knew what a great job our faculty and students are doing,” Bazzell said. “But it is always great to be publicly recognized. I congratulate our faculty and staff and encourage them to keep up the hard work.”

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Bazzell also recognized the hard work by the school system’s leadership team and staff that contribute greatly to the continuing success of the Pike County Schools.

The 2020 Niche Standout Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis for key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the United States Department of Education. Ranking factors include school diversity, graduation rates and state test scores for economically disadvantaged and minority students, SAT/ACT scores and the quality of colleges that students consider.