Dreher, other Richland schools listed among state’s best, per U.S. News magazine

Six schools in Richland Districts 1 and 2 are ranked in the South Carolina’s top 50 high schools, according to newly released rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

The highest-ranked school in either district, Richland 1’s Dreher High School, was ranked 7th. A.C. Flora High School was the second highest at 15. Richland 2’s highest-ranked high school was Spring Valley at 18, according to the rankings.

“For a number of years, this has been a point of pride,” said Jeanne Stiglbauer, the principal of Dreher, who thanked the staff, students and community for their hard work. “I was always humbled and honored because it measures opportunity for all students.”

Stiglbauer attributes the high ranking to the school’s “tremendous growth” in advanced placement courses, an 87 percent graduation rate and an increased focus on pre-engineering courses.

“All of these things come together to reflect well on Dreher,” Stiglbauer said.

The ranking was “a lovely gift as I move toward retirement,” said Stiglbauer, who has been the principal of Dreher for 18 years and has spent 39 years working in the district. She is retiring after this school year.

Dreher is also a diverse school, with 62 percent of its 1,178-member student body being from a minority group, according to S.C. Department of Education statistics.

U.S. News and World Report ranked schools by state test scores, graduation rate and the percentage of students who pass advanced placement exams, according to the report’s methodology page.

The highest-ranked school in the Midlands was Spring Hill High, which ranked third in the state, according to a previous article from The State. Dutch Fork High School ranked 12th and Chapin ranked 13th, the article said.

“The Midlands did very well in these rankings,” Stiglbauer said.

Here how public high schools in Richland 1 and Richland 2 ranked:
  • No. 7: Dreher High
  • No. 15: A. C. Flora High
  • No. 18: Spring Valley High
  • No. 19: Blythewood High
  • No. 38: Ridge View High
  • No. 44: Richland Northeast High
  • No. 112: C. A. Johnson High
  • No. 131: W.J. Keenan High
  • No. 133: Westwood High
  • No. 157: Columbia High
  • No. 160: Richland Two Charter High
  • No. 173-221: Eau Claire High
  • No. 173-221: Lower Richland High