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19 Aiken County schools receive Palmetto awards

Posted: April 27, 2016 - 12:04am

Nineteen Aiken County Public Schools are being recognized for excellence with Palmetto Gold and Silver awards; 13 are receiving awards for general performance, and nine for efforts to increase academic gains among minority, lower-income and special needs students, according to a news release from the school district.

Midland Valley High School received Gold awards in both categories. New Ellenton Middle School and Jefferson Elementary School were also recognized for achievements in both areas.

“We’re delighted to see the dedication of our teachers and students being recognized at this level,” Dr. Sean Alford said in commending the award-winners. “Those moving the needle for both traditionally high-achieving students and under-performing subgroups are to be particularly celebrated for their growth in academic excellence for all
students.”

The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program began in 1998 to recognize schools for exemplary levels of academic achievement and improvement. Currently, general awards for overall performance are based on consecutive marks of “good” or “better” absolute and growth ratings on school report cards. Schools awarded for Closing the Achievement Gap are recognized based on academic gains by students in four subgroups including African-American students, Hispanic students, those qualifying for free or reduced lunch and students with disabilities.

“I am pleased that so many schools are being recognized for their excellent performance and closing the achievement gap,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman.

“These awards are well-deserved and indicate the great strides administrators, principals, teachers, and students are making across the state. We will continue to embrace the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate to achieve educational excellence in every district,” Spearman said.

The Aiken County Career & Technology Center also received a Gold Award for General Performance.

The remaining were awards to Aiken County charter schools, including Midland Valley Prep (now Horse Creek Academy), which won a Gold for General Performance and Silver for Closing the Achievement Gap (middle school level). A Gold Award for General Performance also went to Aiken Performing Arts Academy (high school level).

PALMETTO GOLD & SILVER WINNERS

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WINNERS:

Awarded Award for Award for Closing

Elementary Schools General Performance the Achievement Gap

Aiken Elementary Gold

Busbee-Corbett Elementary Silver

Chukker Creek Elementary Gold

Jefferson Elementary Silver Silver

Hammond Hill Elementary Gold

Millbrook Elementary Gold

North Augusta Elementary Gold

MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNERS:

Awarded Award for Award for Closing

Middle Schools General Performance the Achievement Gap

Busbee-Corbett Middle Silver

Leavelle McCampbell Silver

New Ellenton Middle Gold Silver

Schofield Middle Silver

HIGH SCHOOL WINNERS:

Awarded Award for Award for Closing

High Schools General Performance the Achievement Gap

Aiken High Gold

Midland Valley High Gold Gold

Silver Bluff High Gold

South Aiken High Gold

Ridge Spring-Monetta High Gold

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