Florence County High School - Top 30% in the Nation Ranking by US News & World Report

July 5, 2016

Ben Niehaus

press release

Florence County High School – Recognized One of the Best in National Rankings

U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of education news and information, announced the 2016 Best High Schools. The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings offer the most comprehensive information available on public high schools in the U.S. The 2016 rankings are based on the profiles of more than 21,500 high schools and the rankings of the top 6,218 highest scoring schools in the nation. U.S. News & World Report teamed with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm, to produce the final rankings.

Florence County High School was awarded a bronze medal for being ranked within the top 30% of all public high schools in the U.S. To attain the bronze level of recognition a school had to 1) perform better in reading and math proficiency tests than state averages 2) perform better in reading and math for low-income, disadvantaged students compared to state averages 3) attain a graduation rate above national averages. The top 500 schools in the nation are recognized with gold medals and the subsequent 2,173 high schools received a silver. There were 3,545 high schools that were awarded bronze medals.

“For our small, rural school to be recognized as one of the best in the nation surely speaks volumes to the commitment and effort put forth by our great staff, the students and supporting families to attain such prestigious recognition,” says Ben Niehaus, District Administrator. “Thank you to the Board of Education for your governance and progressive educational initiatives, and thank you to all of Florence County for your support. The support and continued investment in your school district provides the necessary resources to assure that our students are prepared to be productive citizens in the years ahead.”

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