• Dreher Ranked Nationally Among the Best

    Silver Medal

    U.S. News Best High Schools Rankings


    According to national rankings by US News and World Report, Dreher is the thirteenth best high school in South Carolina, ranking highest in Columbia, and has been awarded a Silver Medal.  Click here to read the publication's reason for Dreher's high ranking and Silver Medal.

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

    1. Determining whether the school's students were performing better than statistically expected for students in that state. 

    2.  Determining whether disadvantaged students – black, Hispanic and low-income – performed at or better than the state average for the least-advantaged students. 

    3. Determining whether the graduation rate was at least 80 percent. 

    4.  Determining the quality-adjusted AP participation rate; that is, the number of 12th-grade students in the 2015-2016 academic year who took and passed – received an AP score of 3 or higher – at least one AP test before or during their senior year, divided by the number of 12th-graders at the school.




    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.



    To view summaries of all the good things happening at Dreher, click on each title below:



    2018-2019 Bragging Rights 


    2018 AAAA Renaissance School of Excellence


     2017-2018 Bragging Rights


    2017 AAAA Renaissance School of Excellence


    2016-2017 Bragging Rights


    2016 AAA School of Excellence


    2015-2016 Bragging Rights


    2015 AAA School of Excellence


    2014-2015 Bragging Rights


    2014 AAA School of Excellence