COLUMBIA — Five South Carolina schools are among 286 nationwide named 2013 National Blue Ribbon schools for being models of excellence, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today.
The five S.C. schools will be honored in awards ceremonies in Washington, D.C., November 18 - 19, according to a release from the S.C. Department of Education.
The S.C. Blue Ribbon schools and their districts are:
• Okatie Elementary, Beaufort
• Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology, Darlington
• Flowertown Elementary, Dorchester 2
• Ware Shoals Elementary, Greenwood 51
• New Prospect Elementary, Spartanburg 1
To qualify for the honors, schools must either perform within the top 10 percent of schools in the state, or 40 percent of their students must come from disadvantaged backgrounds and the schools must show dramatic improvement in test scores in math and English language arts.
“The South Carolina Department of Education commends these schools for earning this prestigious distinction,” said Mick Zais, state Superintendent of Education. “The students, parents, teachers, and administrators at these schools deserve all the credit for their success.”
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