SHS Named to Washington Post’s Distinguished List
For the fifth consecutive year, Spartanburg High School has been named by The Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Spartanburg High School is one of 15 in the state to make the Post’s annual list, which ranks schools by the ratio of college-level tests administered to the number of graduates. The news magazine collected data on more than 21,500 schools for the report, which for the first time included graduation rates as a factor in the rankings.
In 2015, Spartanburg High School offered 23 Advanced Placement courses, 586 tests were administered with a 77% passage rate earning college credit. This was also the fourth year the District’s AP program was offered to 9th graders at the Spartanburg High School Freshman Academy. The school’s graduation rate in 2015 was 83.4% with more than 80% of the Class of 2015 admitted to two and four-year college and universities. In total, the graduating class garnered over $18.6 million dollars in scholarship.
Jeff Stevens, Principal commented, “We celebrate this success and congratulate everyone in our school community whose hard work makes these impressive results possible.”
“I am delighted to see Spartanburg High School once again selected by The Washington Post for their strong student outcomes,” said Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker. “ Our focus on college and career is the lynchpin in our work to inspire and equip our young people for meaningful lives of leadership and service.”
View Washington Post’s webpage for Spartanburg High School, which contains historical information on previous rankings, statistics, and other items of interest and the full list of state rankings.