Thursday, January 24, 2013
It’s official: Fort Dorchester Elementary School and Ashley Ridge High School are two of eight finalists for the 2013 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards.
Fort Dorchester is one of three elementary schools and Ashley Ridge the only high school in the state named as finalists. Two other area schools, both from the Berkeley County School District made the finalist list, Hanahan Middle School and Marrington Middle School of the Arts.
Last fall, 18 South Carolina schools submitted a 20-page application and received an onsite examination visit by a review committee, which consists of fellow educators and past Palmetto’s Finest winners. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture.
The 8 finalists will soon undergo a second onsite evaluation.
The finalist schools will gather in their schools on Monday, March 11 at 4 p.m. to learn which have won the top honors. SC ETV will stream the announcement live to each of the finalist schools.
The SC Association of School Administrators (SCASA) presents the coveted awards each year to schools, which offer the best in innovative, effective educational programs. The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 35th year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.
“We are pleased to offer this recognition for outstanding and innovative schools,” SCASA Eecutive Director Molly Spearman said. “They represent the many excellent school communities serving South Carolina’s families.”
SCASA is the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, with a membership of more than 3,300.