For Immediate Release: March 29, 2017
Taylor Fulcher, Director of Communications
South Carolina Public Charter School District Recognizes Eight “Schools of Distinction”
It is with great pleasure that the SCPCSD staff recognizes eight schools as SCPCSD Schools of Distinction based on data from the 2015-2016 academic school year. These schools have received this distinction for their exemplary work in the categories of Student Growth (measured by the Education Value-Added Assessment System, Level 5) and/or scoring a 100% Academic Performance Ranking on the annual School Performance Framework; (the District’s primary accountability tool).
The SCPCSD Distinction Program was formed to recognize schools that exhibit excellence in overall academic achievement and/or overall growth measures. Of the eight schools, three schools received both distinctions, Bridges Preparatory in Beaufort, SC, GREEN Charter School in Greenville, SC, and York Prep Academy in Rock Hill, SC. Four schools received the 100% Academic Performance Ranking on the SPF. Those schools include East Point Academy in Columbia, SC, Spartanburg Preparatory School in Spartanburg, SC, Youth Leadership Academy in Pickens, SC, and Palmetto Scholars Academy in North Charleston, SC. Royal Live Oaks Academy in Hardeeville, SC was recognized as a School of Distinction based on its student growth data—a Level 5 EVAAS score.
SCPCSD Superintendent Elliot Smalley is quoted saying, “I believe that all schools are capable of becoming Schools of Distinction. In these schools, we see strong leadership, a commitment to joyful and rigorous education, and an unwavering belief in all kids. I look forward to more schools earning this recognition as we work with urgency to ensure a high-quality education for each and every student”.
This school year, the South Carolina Public Charter School District oversees 35 public charter schools serving approximately 22,000 students across the state.