Beaufort News

Hilton Head, Bluffton high schools make U.S. News top 10 list in SC

Hilton Head Island and Bluffton high schools were ranked among the state’s top 10 high schools this year by U.S. News and World Report.

The list, released Thursday, places Hilton Head High at No. 5 and Bluffton High at No. 7, based on student test scores, on-time graduation rates and college preparation.

“To have a district our size with not one, but two high schools ranked among South Carolina’s best is terrific,” Beaufort County School District superintendent Jeff Moss said. “And to have not one, but two national publications come to the same conclusion is pretty clear evidence of consensus. It’s great to see those students, administrators, teachers and staff recognized for their hard work.”

The schools were also ranked highly among South Carolina schools in The Washington Post’s annual list of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” on Sunday. Within the state, Hilton Head High was ranked No. 6 and Bluffton High No. 12, based on the proportion of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given each year for the number of graduating seniors.

Academic Magnet High in Charleston topped both lists.

Top 10 South Carolina high schools:

1. Academic Magnet High (Charleston)

2. Charleston School for the Arts (Charleston)

3. Dutch Fork High (Lexington/Richland District 5)

4. Wade Hampton High (Greenville)

5. Hilton Head Island High (Beaufort)

6. Wando High (Charleston)

7. Bluffton High (Beaufort)

8. Chapin High (Lexington/Richland District 5)

9. Mauldin High (Greenville)

10. Fort Mill High (York District 4)

U.S. News and World Report’s 2016 rankings