North Central High again recognized as one of the best high schools in US
For the fourth time in five years, North Central High School (NCHS) has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation. NCHS received a bronze award and was one of only 59 SC high schools recognized.
“I am extremely proud of North Central High,” said Kershaw County School District Superintendent Frank Morgan. “They set high expectations for students and believe that they can achieve them.”
U.S. News evaluated more than 20,500 public high schools from across the nation and selected less than 30 percent for recognition.
"To be recognized for the third straight year and four of the last five years is amazing,” said NCHS Principal Davy Branham. “I am extremely proud of our school and all the North Central area schools who are a part of this success. Our Knight Family works hard to make sure our students believe that they can achieve any goal in life. This recognition is evidence that our school is committed to this vision. Great job, Knights!"
The national education news and information magazine looked at each US high school’s overall performance on state exams and whether they performed better than expected based on their student poverty levels. Schools were also evaluated on how well they performed with low-income, black and Hispanic students.
Schools’ graduation rates were also compared to a national standard, and they were judged on how they prepared students for college using participation and performance data from Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.