Academic Magnet High again has been named one of the best high schools in this country.

The school jumped up 17 spots to No. 10 this year in the latest rankings from U.S. News and World Report. The magazine also ranked Academic Magnet High as the No. 2 magnet school in the country.

The magnet school in North Charleston has a competitive admissions process and accepts students from across the county.

The methodology to evaluate schools was unchanged from last year, and it involoved: students’ performance on state tests; the achievement of typically low-scoring students, such as those who live in poverty or are Hispanic or black; and students’ success in Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses.

U.S. News and World Report isn’t the only national publication to recognize Academic Magnet as one of the top schools in the country. Newsweek magazine has ranked Academic Magnet High among its top 20 schools.

Other Lowcountry schools were included on the U.S. News and World Report magazine’s list of top high schools.

Both Charleston County School of the Arts and Wando High received gold awards, which go to the country’s top 500 schools based on college readiness. Charleston County School of the Arts ranked No. 457 nationally while Wando High was No. 1,687.

Bronze awards went to 2,515 schools for high performance based on state exams. Cross High, Military Magnet Academy, and Timberland High were recognized with bronze awards.

The rankings released evaluated more than 21,000 public high schools in 49 states.

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