Spring Valley High School has been named by The Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The annual ranking of America's Most Challenging High Schools "ranks schools through an index formula that's a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. A ratio of 1.000 means the school had as many tests as graduates." Spring Valley's index score was 1.504. Of the roughly 23,000 eligible U.S. high schools, approximately 10% qualified for this recognition. Spring Valley is one of only 20 South Carolina schools to make the list. With 23 Advanced Placement courses, Spring Valley’s AP program is one of the most comprehensive in the state. Last year, 334 students took 635 AP exams, and 80% of those students earned a passing score of 3 or higher. These outcomes should be credited to the hard work by our students and faculty.