Two Richland One schools ranked among the most challenging high schools in the nation

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Columbia, S.C. (WACH)-- Two Richland One high school have been named two of America's most challenging high schools.

A.C. Flora and Dreher high schools have been named by the Washington Post as two of the most challenging high schools in the nation. Among the 11 South Carolina high schools on the list, which included special academic magnet schools and Governor's schools, A.C. Flora ranked third with Dreher not too far behind coming in at eighth.

The rankings are based on the number of Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate and Cambridge test given in a school year divided by the number of seniors who graduate.

According to the school's website, Dreher students are excelling well beyond academics. The Blue Devils had two athletes named as a 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year: Kasey Parker in girls soccer and Jhileiya Dunlap in girls basketball. The band, orchestra, chorus and theater students were all rated superior in statewide competitions.

The AP programs are also expanding. In the 2016-2017 school year, students are able to study AP Environmental Science. In addition, Dreher became one of the first schools in the nation to offer the AP Capstone Diploma Program, adding the AP Seminar and AP research courses.

Also at A.C. Flora, the Falcons have excelled outside of the classroom. The entire JROTC unit was awarded the District One Superintendents' Trophy for the 2016-2017 school year. The trophy is awarded to the District Unit with the best superior performance in uniform wear, competitive drill, community service, physical training and cadet knowledge.

The girl's lacrosse team is making history as they have made the first playoff victory in the school's history.

The district extends its congratulations to both of these exceptional schools.

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