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Academic Magnet Named Second Best U.S. High School for Third Straight Year

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U.S. News & World Report recently published its list of the nation’s best high schools for 2022 and North Charleston’s Academic Magnet High School (AMHS) was chosen as the second best in the country. It’s the third straight year the school has earned that designation. In 2019, Academic Magnet was named the top high school in the country.

“I am honored to accept this recognition on behalf of our whole school  community,” said AMHS Principal Jacob Perlmutter, who is also an alumni of the school. “A lot of people – students, faculty, staff, and parents – worked hard for this. They did the heavy lifting to contribute to Academic Magnet’s long-standing tradition as one of the top schools in our nation.”

In coordination with North Carolina-based RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm, U.S. News ranked approximately 17,840 public high schools out of the nearly 24,000 reviewed. This is the count of public high schools that had a 12th grade enrollment of 15 students or greater, or otherwise had sufficient enrollment in other high school grades during the 2019-2020 school year to be analyzed.

Academic Magnet was also ranked as the second-best magnet high school in the nation for the third year.

“At Academic Magnet, teachers create an environment which holds students accountable while at the same time fostering a welcoming environment for the students,” said AMHS junior Vishwa Veeraswamy, who was elected executive president of student council for the upcoming school year.

Five schools from Charleston County School District are in the top-25 of the 2022 U.S. News and World Report rankings for South Carolina: Academic Magnet (1), Charleston County School of the Arts (2), Wando High School (5), Charleston Charter School for Math and Science (13), and James Island Charter High School (15).

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