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Palmetto Scholars Academy Named National Blue Ribbon School by Secretary DeVos

For Immediate Release: September 28, 2017
Taylor Fulcher, Director of Communications

Palmetto Scholars Academy Named National Blue Ribbon School

North Charleston, South Carolina — Today the U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, named Palmetto Scholars Academy (PSA) as a National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education states, “The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.” The coveted award involves a highly competitive selection process in which only five South Carolina schools were named 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

PSA, an open-enrollment charter school serving students in 6th-12th grades, was opened in 2010 and currently serves approximately 510 students. Tim Gott, the school’s Principal, was quoted as saying, “Being named a National Blue Ribbon School is a wonderful affirmation of our program. Our teachers and students strive for excellence every day so being recognized provides encouragement and enthusiasm to continue to do so.” PSA’s mission states that it exists “to meet the distinctive academic, social, and emotional needs of gifted learners.”

Elliot Smalley, South Carolina Public Charter School Superintendent, echoed Gott’s comments by stating, “We’re proud to have Palmetto Scholars Academy represent our District nationally as a National Blue Ribbon School. This is an incredible distinction — one that has only recognized 8,500 schools in the many years since its inception in 1982. This sets a precedent for charter schools in South Carolina and represents what high quality charter schools can do for students and families within the state.”

This school year, the South Carolina Public Charter School District oversees 39 public charter schools serving approximately 25,000 students across the state.