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Academic Magnet High School has once again been put on the national honor roll by U.S. News & World Report, ranked as the No. 2 high school in the U.S. in its 2021 rankings.

Charleston County’s school for high-achieving students, situated in North Charleston, is no stranger to the U.S. News list, having made the top two positions each of the last three years. In 2019, the school was named the top high school in America.

The 655-student school boasts a graduation rate of 100% and a “college readiness” score of 100, based on the U.S. News assessment.

Admission to Academic Magnet is competitive, based on middle school test scores and a random lottery of high-achieving students, with some preference given to high-poverty communities.

Also atop the list in South Carolina were Charleston School of the Arts, which shares a campus with Academic Magnet, and Wando High in Mount Pleasant. The three schools were the only Charleston County high schools in the top 1,000 in the nation.

The lowest-ranking high school in Charleston County is North Charleston High School, which sits less than two miles from Academic Magnet in the Park Circle neighborhood. Earlier this year, North Charleston Principal Henry Darby made headlines for taking a part-time job at Walmart to help students in need.