Friday, May 20, 2011

Dutch Fork High is Ranked Nationally

By: Robert S. Jackson, Ed.S., Assistant Principal for Instruction

Each year, several publications seek out to rank high schools in their ability to prepare students for college and career readiness. This year, the author of the list (formally the Newsweek Rankings) has moved to The Washington Post and continues to publish "The High School Challenge" the list of rankings.

In ranking America's high schools, the formula is pretty simple. Divide the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or other college-level tests a school gave in 2010 by the number of graduating seniors. While not a measure of the overall quality of the school, the rating can reveal the level of a high school’s commitment to preparing students for college.

This year, we are proud to announce that Dutch Fork High School is ranked number 604 out of 1905 high schools nationally. Schools on this list are comprised of the following types of schools:
  • Public
  • Private
  • Charter
  • Magnet
  • Specialized Career Academies
When looking at the results, there are thirty-six schools from the state of South Carolina on list. All three "traditional comprehensive public) high schools in Lexington/Richland 5 are represented:

     # 606 - Dutch Fork High
     # 1311 - Chapin High School
     # 1348 - Irmo High School

Regionally, looking at schools from the midlands, nine schools are represented:
      # 327 - A.C. Flora High School
      # 604 - Dutch Fork High School
      # 973 - Dreher High School
      # 1311 - Chapin High School
      # 1348 - Irmo High School
      # 1368 - Brookland Cayce High School
      # 1524 - Lexington High School
      # 1589 - Spring Valley High School
      # 1628 - Richland Northeast High School

We are very proud of how Dutch Fork High and School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties continues to prepare its students for a level of college and career readiness that is consistent with state and national goals for educational progress. As a public, non-magnet high school, we will continue to advise and schedule our students into the most rigorous courses in our various programs of study. Doing so will allow them to continue competing with the best and brightest students from across the globe.

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