SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - A handful of high schools from across the Palmetto State have made their way into the national spotlight Monday, grabbing yearly honors from Newsweek as being among the best high schools in the country.
More than 1,600 schools made the magazine's 2010 edition of America's Best High Schools, proving what institutions inspire and challenge its students for a better education. The magazine says only six percent of all public schools in the U.S. made the list.
Among the 1,600 high schools highlighted in the national list are a total of 16 schools from South Carolina. Academic Magnet in North Charleston and Southside High School in Greenville have taken home the state's top honors, placing No. 12 and No. 125, respectively.
Academic Magnet is home to nearly 600 students in grades 9-12. An admissions process allows potential students to enroll in the school, based off of middle school grades, a written essay and test scores.
Other honorable mentions on the list include:
- 386 - A.C. Flora High School, Columbia
- 504 - Dutch Fork High School, Irmo
- 506 - Governor's School for Arts and Humanities, Greenville
- 586 - Woodruff High School, Woodruff
- 727 - Mann High School, Greenville
- 794 - Wade Hampton High School, Greenville
- 863 - Eastside High School, Greenville
- 918 - Irmo High School, Columbia
- 1007 - Greenville High School, Greenville
- 1110 - Riverside High School, Greer
- 1140 - Mauldin High School, Greenville
- 1256 - Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg
- 1379 - Socastee High School, Myrtle Beach
- 1383 - Richland Northwest, Columbia
Socastee High School is the only Grand Strand school to make the 2010 list at No. 1379. With nearly 1,435 under its roof, Socastee High School operates as a part of the Horry County School District with 81 faculty members.
All schools featured on Newsweek's national list offer both advanced placement college-level courses and tests. South Carolina had 16 schools ranked in 2007, 21 on the list in 2008 and 22 ranked in 2009.
To view Newsweek's full list of the best high schools in America, click here.