Niche, a national website that provides parents with information on the best educational resources in their area, recognized six schools Lexington County School District One schools in its top 20 South Carolina elementary, middle and high school rankings. Lexington High, Meadow Glen Elementary, Meadow Glen Middle, New Providence Elementary, Pleasant Hill Middle and River Bluff High all earned a spot in their respective categories.
Lexington County School District One received an A+ in activities and administration; an A- in teachers, health and safety; and an A in sports and facilities, as well as a B+ in academics, diversity and college prep resulting in an overall A- — earning the district the ranking of second best in the Columbia area.
Every Lexington District One school earned a B or higher.
According to their website, Niche bases rankings and grades on a rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education, along with test scores, student proficiency, teacher salary, parent surveys, college data and ratings and heavily weighted academics information collected from millions of Niche users.
When comparing all 81 school districts in South Carolina, Lexington District One ranked fifth overall, eighth in school safety and ninth in best places to teach.