District Five ranked top school district in the Midlands

Niche.com has released its 2024 Best Schools in America rankings, and Lexington-Richland School District Five was named the number one school district in the Midlands.

The website ranks over 10,000 public school districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents. School District Five’s overall “A” rating is based on categories consisting of: academics, teachers, clubs and activities, diversity, college prep and administration.

School District Five was ranked as the number two school district in South Carolina and was named the number one Best Places to Teach in South Carolina. It was ranked third in the state for District with the Best Teachers.

“What an incredible honor it is for School District Five to be named the top school district in the Midlands,” said Superintendent Dr. Akil E. Ross, Sr. “For all 10 areas to be graded at the “A” rating (A- to A+) is evident that the work of our staff is valued and that our community is informed. I am proud of the students, staff, teachers, administrators and families who remain committed to our vision to Love and Grow Our Students.”

The 2024 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. SAT/ACT scores have been removed from this year’s rankings to reflect a general de-emphasis on test scores in the college admissions process. Read more on how this ranking was calculated.