• Dreher Ranked Nationally Among the Best

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    U.S. News Best High Schools Rankings


    According to 2019 national rankings by US News and World Report, Dreher is the seventh best high school in South Carolina. Click here to read the publication's reason for Dreher's high ranking.

    The methodology used by US News and World Report to rank schools is described on the publication's website.  The process includes:


    College Readiness (worth 30%)

    The proportions of 12th graders who took and passed at least one AP or IB exam. Passing is worth three times more than just taking.

    Math and Reading Proficiency (worth 20%)

    Aggregated scores on state assessments that students may be required to pass for graduation.

    Math and Reading Performance (worth 20%)

    How aggregated scores on state assessments compare to U.S. News's expectations given the proportions of students who are black, Hispanic and from low-income households.

    Underserved Student Performance (worth 10%)

    Scores on state assessments aggregated just among students who are black, Hispanic and from low-income households. These scores are compared to what is typical in the state for non-undeserved students, with parity or higher being the goal.

    College Curriculum Breadth (worth 10%)

    The proportions of 12th graders who took and passed AP and IB exams in multiple areas. More exams are valued more than fewer exams up to a maximum of four. Passing an exam is worth three times more than taking.

    Graduation Rate (worth 10%)

    The proportion of entering 9th graders who graduated four academic years later.




    Washington Post's List of America’s Most Challenging High Schools 

    According to The Washington Post's annual rankings of how successfully schools challenge their students, Dreher ranks eighth among the eleven most challenging high schools in South CarolinaAmerica’s Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates.


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