The magazine and its partner in the rankings project, School Evaluation Services, examined 21,035 public high schools nationwide. US News uses a three-step process that analyzes how schools are educating all of their students, minority and disadvantaged students’ achievement, and finally college-bound student scores on state tests, Advanced Placement exams and International Baccalaureate tests.
Nationwide the 500 high schools with the highest college readiness scores were ranked and awarded gold medals. Silver winners are high-performing schools with lower college readiness, and bronze honors are given to high-performing schools based on state exam performance.
The state has 230 high schools. Two SC high schools received gold medals. Fifteen high schools received silver. Forty-one high schools earned bronze.