By Nicole Collins
The 2019 U.S. News Best High Schools Rankings report ranked Woodruff High School as the number one public high school in Spartanburg County. Woodruff High also ranks 26th in the state of South Carolina.
“We are blessed to have such great community support, teachers and students,” said Dr. Aaron Fulmer, principal of Woodruff High. He believes that the ranking shows the fruits of the schools’ labors and the school is humbled to be part of the ranking.
The data for this annual ranking comes entirely from third-party sources, not the schools. U.S. News reviewed data on more than 23,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia then ranked 17,245 schools based on six indicators – college readiness, college curriculum breadth, reading and math proficiency, reading and math performance, underserved student performance and graduation rate.
“If you have strong academic rigor, strong discipline and nurture the students, you’ll have a strong school,” Fulmer said.
Over the years, Fulmer explains, all the Woodruff schools have had consistent expectations from teachers and students, and this is the model from kindergarten through high school. “We see great things at every level,” Fulmer said.
U.S. News cites that education drives the country’s future and recognizes well performing schools and provides them as models to other schools to inspire educators and communities to do better. Additionally, the editors believe that parents across the country will be armed with information to help them make better informed decisions about their child’s education.