Top 10 Best Columbia Public High Schools (2023)

For the 2023 school year, there are 24 public high schools serving 18,776 students in Columbia, SC.
The top ranked public high schools in Columbia, SC are Spring Valley High School, W.j. Keenan High School and Dreher High School. Overall testing rank is based on a school's combined math and reading proficiency test score ranking.
Columbia, SC public high schools have an average math proficiency score of 38% (versus the South Carolina public high school average of 46%), and reading proficiency score of 80% (versus the 77% statewide average). High schools in Columbia have an average ranking of 5/10, which is in the bottom 50% of South Carolina public high schools.
Columbia, SC public high school have a Graduation Rate of 71%, which is less than the South Carolina average of 85%.
The school with highest graduation rate is A. C. Flora High School, with 91% graduation rate. Read more about public school graduation rate statistics in South Carolina or national school graduation rate statistics.
Minority enrollment is 62% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the South Carolina public high school average of 48% (majority Black).

Best Columbia, SC Public High Schools (2023)

School (Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Spring Valley High School
Magnet School
Math: 53% | Reading: 92%
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
120 Sparkleberry Lane
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 699-3500
Grades: 9-12
| 2,093 students
Rank: #22.
W.j. Keenan High School
Magnet School
Math: 50-59% | Reading: 75-79%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
361 Pisgah Church Road
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 714-2500
Grades: 9-12
| 725 students
Rank: #33.
Dreher High School
Math: 45-49% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
3319 Millwood Avenue
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 253-7000
Grades: 9-12
| 1,150 students
Rank: #44.
Sc Whitmore School
Charter School
Math: <50% | Reading: ≥80%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
501 Commerce Drive Ne
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 476-6416
Grades: 9-12
| 455 students
Rank: #55.
A. C. Flora High School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 90-94%
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1 Falcon Drive
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 738-7300
Grades: 9-12
| 1,363 students
Rank: #66.
Richland High School
Magnet School
Math: 40-44% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
7500 Brookfield Road
Columbia, SC 29223
(803) 699-2800
Grades: 9-12
| 1,394 students
Rank: #77.
Ridge View High School
Magnet School
Math: 43% | Reading: 76%
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
4801 Hard Scrabble Road
Columbia, SC 29229
(803) 699-2999
Grades: 9-12
| 1,654 students
Rank: #88.
C. A. Johnson High School
Math: 30-39% | Reading: 80-89%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
2219 Barhamville Road
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 253-7092
Grades: 9-12
| 387 students
Rank: #99.
Irmo High School
Magnet School
Math: 25-29% | Reading: 80-84%
Rank:
7/
10
Top 50%
6671 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 476-5000
Grades: 9-12
| 1,216 students
Rank: #1010.
Eau Claire High School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 80-89%
Rank:
6/
10
Top 50%
4800 Monticello Road
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 735-7600
Grades: 9-12
| 593 students
Rank: #1111.
Midlands Arts Conservatory
Charter School
Math: 20-24% | Reading: 60-64%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
3806 North Main Street
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 630-1622
Grades: 6-9
| 140 students
Rank: #1212.
Columbia High School
Math: 15-19% | Reading: 65-69%
Rank:
5/
10
Bottom 50%
1701 Westchester Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 731-8950
Grades: 9-12
| 671 students
Rank: #1313.
The Palmetto Empowerment And Enrichment Academy
Alternative School
Math: ≤5% | Reading: 10-14%
Rank:
1/
10
Bottom 50%
1731 Shivers Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-5952
Grades: 5-12
| 116 students
Rank: n/an/a
Broad River High School
Alternative School
4460 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-2714
Grades: 9-12
| 7 students
Rank: n/an/a
Empowerment And Enrichment Academy
Alternative School
Reading: <50%
5000 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29212
(803) 896-9114
Grades: 5-12
| 84 students
Rank: n/an/a
Evaluation And Detention Center
Alternative School
Reading: <50%
1731 Shivers Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-9037
Grades: 5-12
| 176 students
Rank: n/an/a
Manning High School
Alternative School
502 Beckman Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 935-7203
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
Rank: n/an/a
Midlands Middle College
Charter School
1260 Lexington Drive
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 822-7042
Grades: 11-12
| 89 students
Rank: n/an/a
Pendergrass Fairwold School
Special Education School
5935 Token Street
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 735-3435
Grades: PK-12
| 58 students
Rank: n/an/a
Richland One Charter Middle College
Charter School
316 South Beltline Boulevard R
Columbia, SC 29205
(803) 738-7114
Grades: 11-12
| 60 students
Rank: n/an/a
Richland Two Charter High School
Charter School
7900 Brookmont Lane
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 419-1348
Grades: 9-12
| 39 students
Rank: n/an/a
Samuel A. Heyward Career And Technology Center
Vocational School
3560 Lynhaven Drive
Columbia, SC 29204
(803) 735-3343
Grades: 9-12
| n/a students
Rank: n/an/a
Sara Babb High School
Alternative School
4450 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 896-2714
Grades: 9-12
| 8 students
Rank: n/an/a
Sc Connections Academy
Charter School
Math: 44%
201 Executive Center Drive Sui
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 569-1302
Grades: K-12
| 6,298 students
[+] Show Closed Public Schools in Columbia, South Carolina

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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