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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Dreher High School is a highly rated, public school located in Columbia, SC. It has 1,184 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.

Dreher High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1140
260 responses
Average ACT
25
110 responses
AP Enrollment
25%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$45,663
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$910
National
$949
Median Home Value
$173,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
73%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 60 responses
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  • Dancing With the Teachers
    22%
  • Football Games
    13%
  • Basketball Games
    13%
  • Soccer games
    12%
  • Assemblies
    8%
  • Prom
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,184
Free or Reduced Lunch
100%
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$64,746
Teachers in First/Second Year
9%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.33 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.33 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.33 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$17,179/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.39 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.39 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.39 responses
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Dreher High School has provided me with an endless supply of opportunities and resources throughout the last 3 years that will forever hold a positive place in my heart. Not only does Dreher employ faculty and staff members that are passionate about their jobs, on numerous occasions, the teachers at Dreher have gone out of their way to provide academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities to my fellow students and I. Every student is given the opportunity to make a connection with a teacher that can go beyond the subject at hand and turn into a much needed mentor-ship during the unpredictable time of our adolescent years. The resources that have been given to the student body of Dreher High School will provide opportunities and lessons that will last a lifetime!
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Dreher was a great school that offered many great courses, extracurricular activities, and arts programs. Dreher could improve on having more social events and opportunities such as school dances and more "field days." Dreher also provided students the opportunity to take AP classes. The athletics department needs a bit more work. Students need to be trained better and more prepared for competitions and games against other schools. Administration does a great job with meeting with students and preparing them for an on time graduation experience. Dreher has consistently been named one of the best schools, high schools, in the City of Columbia. Dreher also has a requirement that every student takes the first two levels of either Spanish, French, German, or Chinese. This is great for students because it prepares them for college and the real world, and provides them with an opportunity to become bilingual. Overall, Dreher provides a lot of opportunities for students to be successful.
I can describe Dreher in so many words but, the word I would use is extraordinary. Dreher is the best school for academics and athletics. They provide so many great opportunities academics wise. However, the athletics portion offers weightlifting classes throughout the day and evenings. For athletes wanting to get better in the sport they play. Dreher also has a wonderful JROTC program that is grow each day. They offer marching classes on 4 block on a-days you have a opportunity to join jv and or varsity drill teams.