MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Madison City Schools are consistently singled out as some of the best schools in Alabama and the nation.
Recently Bob Jones High School, ranked in the top 4% of schools nationwide, learned it now has another reason to celebrate success.
"I truly believe that Bob Jones had the best kids in the state of Alabama - and I'm a little biased, I admit that," said principal Robbie Parker.
Parker reports 130 out of 572 students in the class of 2014 earned scores of 30 or higher on the ACT.
Parker says his school's continued success has much to do with high expectations stemming from Madison's Superintendent of Education, Dr. Dee Fowler.
"We certainly have high expectations in the school and our teachers do a tremendous job," Parker said.
Parker attributes student achievement to a rigorous and relevant curriculum that is constantly changing.
"The way that we continually allow our curriculum to be driven by what is relevant in the world, and keeping it rigorous, helps our kids achieve," he said.
The class of 2013 had about 18% of their seniors score 30 or above on the ACT. This last jump is the largest percentage to do so well in Bob Jones history.
"I would put that number, that 23%, up against anybody at any school in America," Parker says.
Parker adds he is equally proud of students who scored less than 30 on their testing. The average overall ACT score is usually 23.5 or better.
The class of 2013 was offered approximately $30 million in scholarships with 53% of seniors earning scholarship dollars.