Top 10 Best Columbia Public Schools (2022-23)

For the 2022-23 school year, there are 91 public schools serving 47,591 students in Columbia, SC (there are 43 private schools, serving 7,556 private students). 86% of all K-12 students in Columbia, SC are educated in public schools compared to the SC state average of 92%. Columbia has one of the highest concentrations of top ranked public schools in South Carolina.
The top ranked public schools in Columbia, SC are Spring Valley High School, Brockman Elementary School and Rosewood Elementary School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Columbia, SC public schools have an average math proficiency score of 40% (versus the South Carolina public school average of 47%), and reading proficiency score of 45% (versus the 49% statewide average). Schools in Columbia have an average ranking of 6/10, which is in the top 50% of South Carolina public schools.
Minority enrollment is 75% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the South Carolina public school average of 51% (majority Black).

Best Columbia, SC Public Schools (2022-23)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Spring Valley High School
Magnet School
Math: 81% | Reading: 79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
120 Sparkleberry Lane
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 699-3500
Grades: 9-12
| 2,093 students
Rank: #22.
Brockman Elementary School
Math: 70-74% | Reading: 85-89%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
2245 Montclair Drive
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 790-6743
Grades: PK-5
| 283 students
Rank: #33.
Rosewood Elementary School
Math: 70-74% | Reading: 79%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
3300 Rosewood Drive
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 343-2930
Grades: K-5
| 330 students
Rank: #44.
Dreher High School
Math: 75-79% | Reading: 72%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
3319 Millwood Avenue
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 253-7000
Grades: 9-12
| 1,150 students
Rank: #55.
Ridge View High School
Magnet School
Math: 69% | Reading: 80%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
4801 Hard Scrabble Road
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 699-2999
Grades: 9-12
| 1,654 students
Rank: #66.
Brennen Elementary School
Math: 71% | Reading: 70%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
4438 Devereaux Road
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 738-7204
Grades: PK-5
| 758 students
Rank: #77.
Satchel Ford Elementary School
Math: 71% | Reading: 69%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
5901 Satchel Ford Road
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 738-7209
Grades: K-5
| 641 students
Rank: #88.
C. A. Johnson High School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
2219 Barhamville Road
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 253-7092
Grades: 9-12
| 387 students
Rank: #99.
W.j. Keenan High School
Magnet School
Math: 65-69% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
361 Pisgah Church Road
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 714-2500
Grades: 9-12
| 725 students
Rank: #1010.
Richland High School
Magnet School
Math: 58% | Reading: 67%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
7500 Brookfield Road
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 699-2800
Grades: 9-12
| 1,394 students
Rank: #1111.
Sc Whitmore School
Charter School
Math: 40-59% | Reading: ≥90%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
501 Commerce Drive Ne
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 476-6416
Grades: 9-12
| 455 students
Rank: #1212.
Nursery Road Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 55-59% | Reading: 54%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
6706 Nursery Road
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 476-4300
Grades: PK-5
| 423 students
Rank: #1313.
Forest Lake Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 60% | Reading: 50%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
6801 Brookfield Road
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 782-0470
Grades: PK-5
| 603 students
Rank: #1414.
Crayton Middle School
Math: 51% | Reading: 58%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
5000 Clemson Avenue
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 738-7224
Grades: 6-8
| 1,012 students
Rank: #1515.
Irmo High School
Magnet School
Math: 39% | Reading: 65%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
6671 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 476-5000
Grades: 9-12
| 1,216 students
Rank: #1616.
Harbison West Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 52% | Reading: 49%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
257 Crossbow Drive
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 476-3800
Grades: PK-5
| 566 students
Rank: #1717.
North Springs Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 51% | Reading: 48%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1300 Clemson Road
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 736-3183
Grades: PK-5
| 656 students
Rank: #1818.
Pendergrass Fairwold School
Special Education School
Math: <50% | Reading: <50%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
5935 Token Street
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 735-3435
Grades: PK-12
| 58 students
Rank: #1919.
A. C. Flora High School
Math: 32% | Reading: 69%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1 Falcon Drive
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 738-7300
Grades: 9-12
| 1,363 students
Rank: #2020.
Rice Creek Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 49% | Reading: 49%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
4751 Hard Scrabble Road
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 699-2900
Grades: PK-5
| 718 students
Rank: #2121.
A. C. Moore Elementary School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
333 Etiwan Avenue
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 343-2910
Grades: PK-5
| 191 students
Rank: #2222.
Killian Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 50% | Reading: 45%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
2621 Clemson Road
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 699-2981
Grades: PK-5
| 672 students
Rank: #2323.
L. B. Nelson Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 51% | Reading: 44%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
225 North Brickyard Road
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 736-8730
Grades: PK-5
| 556 students
Rank: #2424.
Sandlapper Elementary School
Math: 47% | Reading: 46%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
1001 Longtown Road
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 691-4045
Grades: PK-5
| 631 students
Rank: #2525.
E. L. Wright Middle School
Magnet School
Math: 43% | Reading: 49%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
2740 Alpine Road
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 736-8740
Grades: K-8
| 1,375 students
Rank: #2626.
Meadowfield Elementary School
Math: 43% | Reading: 48%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
525 Galway Lane
Columbia, SC 29209
(803) 738-5549
Grades: PK-5
| 589 students
Rank: #2727.
Crossroads Intermediate
Math: 46% | Reading: 42%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
6949 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 476-8300
Grades: 6
| 708 students
Rank: #2828.
Hand Middle School
Math: 38% | Reading: 46%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
2600 Wheat Street
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 343-2947
Grades: 6-8
| 740 students
Rank: #2929.
Polo Road Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 46% | Reading: 39%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1250 Polo Road
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 419-2226
Grades: PK-5
| 595 students
Rank: #30 - 3130. - 31.
Columbia High School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
1701 Westchester Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 731-8950
Grades: 9-12
| 671 students
Rank: #30 - 3130. - 31.
Midlands Arts Conservatory
Charter School
Math: 30-34% | Reading: 45-49%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
3806 North Main Street
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 630-1622
Grades: 6-9
| 140 students
Rank: #32 - 3332. - 33.
Leaphart Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 41% | Reading: 41%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
120 Piney Grove Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 476-4700
Grades: PK-5
| 433 students
Rank: #32 - 3332. - 33.
Seven Oaks Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 41% | Reading: 41%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
2800 Ashland Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 476-8500
Grades: PK-5
| 463 students
Rank: #3434.
Summit Parkway Middle School
Magnet School
Math: 35% | Reading: 45%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
200 Summit Parkway
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 699-3580
Grades: K-8
| 1,137 students
Rank: #3535.
Bradley Elementary School
Magnet School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 35-39%
Rank:
4/
10
Bottom 50%
3032 Pinebelt Road
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 738-7200
Grades: PK-5
| 378 students
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Columbia, South Carolina Public Schools (Closed)

School
Location
Grades
Students
4460 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-2853
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
5900 Chesnut Rd
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 787-6815
Grades: 2-6
| n/a students
Hall Institute (Closed 2021)
Special Education School
1800 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 898-1488
Grades: K-12
| 28 students
5616 Hood Street
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 787-8266
Grades: 1-3
| 166 students
3801 North Main Street
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 929-1140
Grades: K-5
| 132 students
4344 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-2714
Grades: 9-12
| 121 students
2638 Two Notch Rd
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 799-5101
Grades: 4-8
| 79 students
610 Faison Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 935-7100
Grades: 7-12
| 20 students
200 Arbor Lake Drive Suite 301
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 735-9110
Grades: 9-12
| 242 students
115 Atrium Way Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 227-6670
Grades: 9-12
| 310 students
5715 Adams Ct
Columbia, SC 29206
(808) 782-1772
Grades: PK-1
| n/a students
140 Stoneridge Drive Suite 420
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 253-6222
Grades: K-12
| 3,503 students
3700 Forrest Drive Suite 406
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 462-0254
Grades: K-8
| 226 students
220 Stoneridge Drive Suite 403
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 212-4712
Grades: K-12
| n/a students
2015 Marion Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 227-6422
Grades: 6-11
| 140 students
501 Commerce Drive
Columbia, SC 29223
(866) 476-6416
Grades: 9-12
| 449 students
4546 Broad River Rd
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-1873
Grades: n/a
| n/a students
Walden (Closed 2010)
Alternative School
4340 Broad River Rd
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-8580
Grades: n/a
| n/a students

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