SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) — Several public high schools in the Lowcountry are rated among the best educational institutions in South Carolina, according to several national ranking organizations, but how do those rankings stand up to data? Let’s take a look.

With each ranking system measuring different criteria, the results often vary widely, making it difficult to reach a definitive list of the best public high schools in the state.

To provide a more accurate assessment, 7NEWS gathered two of the most widely used online school rankings, high school report cards, and standardized testing scores, using data from the South Carolina Department of Education.

Top 25 Public High Schools in South Carolina: Carolina School Hub

State RankSchool NameLocation
1Academic Magnet High SchoolCharleston
2Governor’s School for Science and MathematicsDarlington
3Palmetto Scholars AcademyCharleston
4Academy For Arts Science TechnHorry
5SC Governor’s School for the Arts and HumanitiesGreenville
6Fort Mill High SchoolYork
7Riverside High SchoolGreenville
8Charleston School of the ArtsCharleston
9Wando High SchoolCharleston
10Lexington High SchoolLexington
11Greer Middle College Charter High SchoolGreenville
12J. L. Mann High AcademyGreenville
13Spring Hill High SchoolLexington/Richland
14Chapin High SchoolLexington/Richland
15D. W. Daniel High SchoolPickens
16Nation Ford High SchoolYork
17Greenville Technical Charter High SchoolGreenville
18HCS Early College High SchoolGreenville
19River Bluff High SchoolLexington
20Ashley Ridge High SchoolDorchester
21Wade Hampton High SchoolGreenville
22Dutch Fork High SchoolLexington/Richland
23Greenville Senior High AcademyGreenville
24Mauldin High SchoolGreenville
25Mayo High School For Math, Science, and TechnologyDarlington
2022 Best Public High Schools in South Carolina – Carolina School Hub

These rankings can be cross-referenced with report card data from the South Carolina Department of Education, which shows the percentage of students who received a grade of an “A,” “B” or “C” at each public school.

When the report card data is compared to the Carolina School Hub rankings, several schools with the highest percentage of students receiving “A’s” in several subjects correspond to some of the highest ranked institutions, but not for every academic subject.

To see if a specific public high school on the list also had top grades for a particular academic subject, search the chart below.

Another popular high school ranking list is published by Niche. Several of the schools that appeared on the Carolina School Hub rankings, also appear here.

Top High Schools in South Carolina: Niche

State RankSchool NameLocation
1South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & MathematicsHartsville
2Academic Magnet High SchoolCharleston
3Spring Hill High SchoolLexington/Richland
4SC Governor’s School for the Arts and HumanitiesGreenville
5Charleston School of the ArtsCharleston
6Mayo High School For Math, Science, and TechnologyDarlington
7Green Charter School Greenville
8Dutch Fork High SchoolLexington/Richland
9Wando High SchoolCharleston
10River Bluff High SchoolLexington
11D. W. Daniel High SchoolPickens
12Fort Mill High SchoolFort Mill
13Nation Ford High SchoolFort Mill
14Greenville Technical Charter High SchoolGreenville
15HCS Early College High SchoolConway
16Lexington High SchoolLexington
17Berkeley County Middle College High SchoolMoncks Corner
18Greer Middle College Charter High SchoolGreer
19Riverside High SchoolGreenville
20Greenville Senior High AcademyGreenville
21Chapin High School Lexington/Richland
22Blythewood High SchoolRichland
23Wade Hampton High SchoolGreenville
24Spring Valley High SchoolColumbia
25Brashier Middle CollegeSimpsonville
2022 Best Public High Schools in South Carolina – Niche

Many of the top schools on these two lists had a higher percentage of students who received better grades than other schools got. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that those academic courses were more difficult or those students were more deserving of those grades.

To see how well students retained the information they learned in high school, the SAT and ACT standardized tests offer additional data that can be used to determine top-ranked schools.

To see if a specific public high school on the list also had top scores for those national tests, typically used for college admissions, search the charts below:

Collectively, this information should give you a more accurate perspective on the academic quality of the highest-rated public high schools in the state. How does your school stack up to the competition?