U.S. News and World Report: School District Five among the top in SC for college readiness

May 21, 2018

Lexington-Richland School District Five is a leader in South Carolina for preparing students for college, and two of its schools are ranked among the top high schools in the state and nation, according to a new U.S. News & World Report ranking.

School District Five has the second highest college readiness rating in South Carolina, according to the new report. Spring Hill High is ranked third best high school in the state, while Chapin High is ranked sixth statewide. Both schools are ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

“We are extremely proud to be ranked among the top schools in South Carolina and ranked nationally,” Spring Hill High School Principal Dr. Michael Lofton said. “This is made possible by our outstanding students, teachers, staff and dedicated parents. We will continue to set high standards for our students.”

The U.S. News rankings include data on more than 20,500 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were evaluated on state-mandated assessments, as well as the academic achievement levels of its minority and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams were also used.

“Chapin High School has a long legacy of academic excellence,” said Dr. Akil Ross, principal of the school. “We know that this ranking does not happen without the dedication of the entire Eagle family supporting our students.”

This year’s U.S. News report for the district echoes other reports, including a recent Niche.com report which ranked School District Five the number one school district in South Carolina. Several District Five students have been named top scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and the district continues to have top SAT and ACT scores in the state.

District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner said, “Being ranked among the top districts in our state is a testament to the focus we have on preparing our students to succeed in college and career. We applaud the work of our students, parents and educators and remain committed to pursuing educational excellence for all our students.”