Palmetto Scholars Academy named National Blue Ribbon School

Palmetto Scholars Academy is celebrating a national award. We’re in North Charleston for our Cool School of the week.

It’s a big honor for Palmetto Scholars Academy. “It’s nice to get an accolade that says you’re doing a great job,” says principal Dr. Tim Gott. “We were named a National Blue Ribbon Program for 2017. There were 384 schools across the United States and the territories also. We were one of five in South Carolina.”

School leaders traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive the award from the U.S. Department of Education. Now in their eighth year, PSA is a public charter school that focuses on gifted education. The school has more than five-hundred students in sixth through 12th grade. Gott says, “We’re really excited about what’s happening around here, and our kids have performed well on just about every indicator. I think it’s our focus on relationships, and sophisticated curriculum. I call it that because it’s not about taking tests and doing multiple choice. We really want to focus on critical and creative thinking, problem solving, communication, so on any given day in the classroom, the kids might be teaching. They might be doing Socratic seminar. They’re doing all kinds of great projects.”

The school takes pride in its family environment. Sophomore Amani Lavarus says, “I love it. It is very challenging. I appreciate it because it kind of forces me to want better for myself. When there’s always teachers that want better for you, it kind of make you adopt that as your own view.” As for the Blue Ribbon award, Lavarus says, “I think that’s pretty cool. I feel we worked very hard for it and i’m happy happy to see us recognized for it.”

PSA also has a partnership with the College of Charleston and Trident Tech. They are also proud of their athletics program.

Coming up Friday on News 2, we’ll present Palmetto Scholars Academy with our Cool School award.

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