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Two Horry County schools rank best in state

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The 2012 rankings of America's Best High Schools show two Horry County high schools among the best in South Carolina.

Only 16 of the state's 224 high schools earned gold or silver medals in this national review. Aynor High School is listed at #8 and Socastee High School is at #16.

In the most recent U.S. News and World Report's Best High Schools rankings, two South Carolina schools received gold medals, 14 received silver medals, and 28 received bronze medals. To be eligible for a state ranking, a school must be awarded a national gold or silver medal.

Both Aynor and Socastee high schools earned silver medals. Four bronze medals were awarded to four other HCS high schools. They are: Carolina Forest High School, Conway High School, Green Sea Floyds High School and Myrtle Beach High School.

To determine the Best High Schools national rankings, schools were first analyzed at the state level in terms of how well students in each school performed on state assessments, taking into account the test scores of disadvantaged students (low-income, Hispanic, and black), who tend to score lower on tests. High schools that made it through this analysis were then eligible to be ranked nationally, in terms of college readiness.

U.S. News and World Report determines the degree to which schools prepare students for college-level work by analyzing student success in Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, both of which include college-level courses.

U.S. News and World Report calculates these values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level coursework (AP/IB exams). Both Aynor and Socastee high schools offer the IB program in addition to AP courses.

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