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Old 04-21-2014, 07:08 PM
 
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Some good news about Greenville area high schools.

"Eight GCS high schools have earned a ranking on Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools list. They are:
  • Southside High – SC Rank = 2; National Rank = 193
  • J. L. Mann High Academy – SC Rank = 7; National Rank = 726
  • Eastside High – SC Rank = 8; National Rank = 791
  • Wade Hampton High – SC Rank = 9; National Rank = 835
  • Mauldin High – SC Rank = 15; National Rank = 1,422
  • Greenville Sr. High Academy – SC Rank = 16; National Rank = 1,551
  • Riverside High – SC Rank = 18; National Rank = 1,845
  • Hillcrest High – SC Rank = 19; National Rank = 1,863"
GCS Has 8 of Top 19 High Schools in State!
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:35 PM
 
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Very nice! I'm thinking about trying to get my son into the new Middle School going up by ICAR.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:17 PM
 
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If you read the linked blurb, this rating is based solely on number is AP/IB tests taken per student. While that may be one factor to consider it's crazy to make that the only factor.
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:07 AM
 
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If you read the linked blurb, this rating is based solely on number is AP/IB tests taken per student. While that may be one factor to consider it's crazy to make that the only factor.
Actually, if you read the information on the actual site, it's somewhat worse than that. They exclude any school where the average SAT score exceeds 2000, so the actual "best" schools can't be on the list. For example, the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics isn't eligible to be ranked among the "best" in the state. The survey also intentionally disregards the results of the tests. So a school where 50 students take the AP Calculus exam and score a 1 or 2 (failing grades from an AP perspective), would be ranked twice as high as a school where 25 students took the exam and scored a 5 (highest AP score). It also only counts graduating seniors, so if half the senior class doesn't graduate the school would score twice as well.
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:44 AM
 
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If you read the linked blurb, this rating is based solely on number is AP/IB tests taken per student. While that may be one factor to consider it's crazy to make that the only factor.
I recall Southside High School being the only school in the School District of Greenville County to offer an International Baccalaureate program. This is the most rigorous level above honors and AP.

The IB program has expanded to other schools including elementary and middle school levels.

Northeast Cluster
Chandler Creek Elementary School
Greer Middle School
Greer High School

Northwest Cluster
Heritage Elementary School
Northwest Middle School
Travelers Rest High School

Southern Cluster
Fork Shoals Elementary School
Woodmont Middle School
Woodmont High School

Central Cluster
Sara Collins Elementary School
Beck Middle Academy
Southside High School

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Greenville County Schools International Baccalaureate Programs <http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/Students/main.asp?titleid=ib>
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