Cool School: Palmetto Scholars Academy

Palmetto Scholars Academy offers a challenging and unique educational experience for gifted students.  We’re in North Charleston for our Cool School of the week.

Palmetto Scholars Academy is a charter school founded six years ago for gifted and talented students.  The school has more than 400 students in 6th through 12th grade.  In January, they moved into their new state of the art facility.   PSA is designed to meet the educational needs of gifted learners, address their social and emotional needs, promote individual character development and instill a life-long love of learning.

Principal Dr. Tim Gott says “The education here is a year ahead of the typical grades, and we go a lot deeper in the way we do inquiry based learning.  We do research. It’s very independent at times, and people are hungry for that.  When they get here, the focus is on learning, and a lot of the other distractions don’t show up here.  So the kids also build that community of academics, but also the social-emotional.” Eleventh-grade student Kayla Capitan says, “I never really felt challenged at my previous schools, and when I got to PSA, it’s such a close knit community, and so many people with similar interests or different interests.  It’s nice to combine all of our skills, and work in different projects with each other.”  “What I  love about this school, students learn through inquiry, and they learn that by applying critical thinking skills and creative thinking skills.  It’s a unique experience.”  “My experience here at PSA has been life changing. It’s a wonderful community to be a part of, it really teachers you what the meaning of family actually is,”says eleventh-grade-student Amore Evans.

PSA was named the top charter school and the second best high school in South Carolina.  The school is among  the top five schools in the state in both SAT and ACT scores.

Coming up tonight on News 2 at 5, we’ll take a closer look at the stellar academic programs at PSA,including its ties to the space program.
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