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School District Five schools ranked in the top 25 by U.S. News & World Report

For Immediate Release – September 12, 2023




School District Five schools ranked in the top 25 by U.S. News & World Report

IRMO Lexington-Richland School District Five is a leader in South Carolina for preparing students for college and careers, and three of its high schools are ranked among the top 25 high schools in the state, according to a new U.S. News & World Report ranking.

Spring Hill High is ranked third best high school in the state, while Chapin High is ranked ninth, followed by Dutch Fork High at number 21. Irmo High School is ranked 90th in the state, which is an increase of 21 spots from last year where they were ranked 111. All four schools are also ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report. 


“Congratulations to the entire Spring Hill family on being ranked #3 Best High School in South Carolina,” Spring Hill High School principal Dr. Michael Lofton said. “This ranking is the result of the hard work and dedication of our students, parents, faculty and staff. In the eleven years since we opened SHHS, our students have proven their academic drive, our families have provided meaningful support and our staff has worked tirelessly to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment. I am so proud to work alongside all of them and I am grateful that they are being recognized for what they do each and every day.”


The U.S. News rankings include data on nearly 25,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were evaluated on state-mandated assessments, as well as the academic achievement levels of its minority and economically disadvantaged students. Performance on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams were also used.


“We're excited to be recognized by US News and World Report's latest rankings as it is a credit to our students, faculty, parents and community,” said Dutch Fork High School principal Dr. Gerald Gary.  “This recognition will continue to fuel our passion for teaching and learning at Dutch Fork High School!”


There are 226 South Carolina schools honored in the 2023 rankings.


Ed Davis, principal of Chapin High School said, “This recognition is a direct reflection of the dedication, professionalism and hard work of our faculty and staff and the high level of engagement of our students. It also represents the strong partnership that exists between our school, parents/guardians and stakeholders.  This achievement belongs to all of us! We aRe Chapin!”

School District Five Superintendent Dr. Akil Ross said, “It is an honor to be nationally recognized for success in teaching and learning. I am proud of the students, staff, teachers, administrators and families who remain committed to our vision to Love and Grow Our Students.”  


The Best High Schools rankings are available exclusively on and include data on a variety of factors, such as enrollment, student diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs, in addition to graduation rates and the results of state assessments. U.S. News worked with RTI International, a global research firm, to implement the comprehensive ranking methodology.