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Academic Magnet ranked 2nd among all magnet schools

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - One of the best schools in the country can be found right here in the Lowcountry.  

Academic Magnet was named the second best magnet school, the 10th best overall public school, by U.S. News and World Report. 

"We've done our job and done it well," Academic Magnet principal Judith Peterson said. 

The rankings of 21,000 schools across the country are based on a three-step process. The news magazine first looks at the school as a whole. They do this by examining their overall performance compared to what they are expected to produce.  

In the second step, they decide whether the least-advantaged students in the school are performing better than similar students around the state. 

Finally, the magazine rates the college-readiness off each school's students. This step is based on test scores.   

Peterson says the consistent high ranking of the school is due to goals each staff and student strive to meet. 

"This is a common goal and common purpose, and the 650 of us working together for that common purpose, and a strong teacher and student connection.  It really works," she said.  

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