District Five ranked as a top school district in South Carolina

Niche.com has released its 2023 Best Schools in America rankings, and Lexington-Richland School District Five was again named as a top school district in South Carolina and the number one school district in the Midlands.

The district earned an “A” rating by Niche and was ranked as the number one “Best Places to Teach” in South Carolina. The district was also voted the top district in the Midlands with the “Best Teachers” in South Carolina. School District Five’s overall “A” rating is based on categories consisting of academics, teachers, clubs and activities, diversity, college prep and health and safety.

Now in its ninth year, the rankings include updated data for 92,743 public schools, 30,112 private schools, and 11,820 school districts nationwide. While traditional rankings rely almost exclusively on metrics like test scores and academic performance, Niche’s rankings combine user input — ratings from current students, alumni, and parents — with quantitative data from sources like the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate teachers, resources and facilities, extracurricular activity opportunities and more.

“What an incredible honor it is for School District Five to be named, once again, as a top school district in South Carolina,” said Superintendent Dr. Akil E. Ross, Sr. “Our district staff, school leaders, teachers and support staff are truly dedicated to making District Five a great place to work and also a great environment to “love and grow our students.” For all 10 areas to be graded at the “A” rating (A- to A+) is evidence that the work of our staff is valued and that our community is informed.”

To see a full list of the 2023 Best Schools rankings, visit: niche.com/k12/rankings/

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