Two Richland One high schools have been named among the “Best High Schools” in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2023-2024 ranking.
Dreher High School and A.C. Flora High School were ranked in the top 40% out of 17,680 public high schools nationwide.
U.S. News & World Report ranks the top schools based on college readiness, college curriculum breadth, state assessment proficiency, state assessment performance, underserved student performance and graduation rate.
In addition to the national ranking, Dreher was ranked the third-best high school in the Columbia metropolitan area and 11th in South Carolina.
“Dreher High School's recognition as one of the best schools in South Carolina and the country is a tribute to all the hard work the students, families, faculty and staff have put into the school. Being in my first year at Dreher, I am proud to work alongside our Blue Devil family as we continue to help students excel, achieve, and innovate,” said Dreher Principal Joe Eberlin.
A.C. Flora was ranked ninth in the Columbia metropolitan area and 34th in South Carolina.
“We’re honored to receive this recognition and are happy to be among the best schools in the country. This goes back to our very strong and dedicated staff who work tirelessly to help our students succeed. In addition, the community strongly supports the school and the amazing things our students are doing,” said A.C. Flora Principal Susan Childs.