89 Midlands schools earn Palmetto Gold, Silver awards

cwinston@thestate.comApril 9, 2014 

— Nearly 90 Midlands schools were recognized on Wednesday as Palmetto Gold and Silver Award recipients for the 2013-14 school year.

The S.C. Department of Education identified 592 schools and career centers statewide for general performance, closing the achievement gap, or qualifying in both categories. “Congratulations are in order for these Palmetto Gold and Silver Award winners that were selected by South Carolina’s Education Oversight Committee,” said Education Superintendent Mick Zais in a news release.

“At the same time, I’m concerned about an award system that identifies 53 percent of our schools as the top performers." Only 5 percent of schools, meanwhile, earned Gold designations in both categories. Those schools included: North Central High in Kershaw County, Wateree Elementary in Kershaw County, Dutch Fork High in Lexington-Richland 5, Blythewood High in Richland 2, Lake Carolina Elementary in Richland 2, Ridge View High in Richland 2 and Spring Valley High in Richland 2.

The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program, founded in 1998, recognizes schools for general performance and closing the achievement gap. Within those two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation.

District SchoolGeneral Performance Closing the Achievement Gap
KERSHAW BARON DEKALB ELEMENTARY SILVER
KERSHAW BETHUNE ELEMENTARYGOLD 
KERSHAW CAMDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR T GOLD SILVER
KERSHAW CAMDEN HIGH SILVER
KERSHAW LESLIE M. STOVER SCHOOLSILVER 
KERSHAW LUGOFF ELEMENTARY GOLD 
KERSHAW LUGOFF-ELGIN HIGH GOLD 
KERSHAW NORTH CENTRAL HIGH GOLD GOLD
KERSHAW NORTH CENTRAL MIDDLESILVERSILVER
KERSHAW WATEREE ELEMENTARY GOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 LEXINGTON TECHNOLOGY CENTERGOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 CAROLINA SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SILVER
LEXINGTON 1 GILBERT HIGHGOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 LAKE MURRAY ELEMENTARYGOLDSILVER
LEXINGTON 1 LEXINGTON ELEMENTARYGOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 LEXINGTON HIGHGOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 LEXINGTON MIDDLEGOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 MEADOW GLEN ELEMENTARYGOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 MIDWAY ELEMENTARY GOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 NEW PROVIDENCE ELEMENTARY GOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 OAK GROVE ELEMENTARY GOLD SILVER
LEXINGTON 1 PELION HIGH GOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 PLEASANT HILL ELEMENTARY GOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 PLEASANT HILL MIDDLE GOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 ROCKY CREEK ELEMENTARY GOLD 
LEXINGTON 1 SAXE GOTHA ELEMENTARYSILVER SILVER
LEXINGTON 1 WHITE KNOLL HIGH GOLD 
LEXINGTON 2 AIRPORT HIGH SILVER 
LEXINGTON 2 BROOKLAND CAYCE SENIOR HIGHGOLD 
LEXINGTON 2 NORTHSIDE MIDDLE GOLD 
LEXINGTON 2 PINE RIDGE MIDDLE  SILVER
LEXINGTON 2 R.H. FULMER MIDDLE  SILVER
LEXINGTON 2 SPRINGDALE ELEMENTARYGOLD 
LEXINGTON 3 BATESBURG-LEESVILLE HIGH GOLD 
LEXINGTON 3 BATESBURG-LEESVILLE MIDDLE  SILVER
LEXINGTON 4 SANDHILLS ELEMENTARY SILVER SILVER
LEXINGTON 4 SANDHILLS MIDDLE SILVER SILVER
LEXINGTON 4 SWANSEA HIGH  GOLD
LEXINGTON 5 BALLENTINE ELEMENTARY GOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 CHAPIN ELEMENTARY GOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 CHAPIN HIGH GOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 CHAPIN MIDDLE GOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 CROSSROADS MIDDLE GOLD SILVER
LEXINGTON 5 DUTCH FORK HIGH GOLD GOLD
LEXINGTON 5 DUTCH FORK MIDDLE GOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 IRMO ELEMENTARY GOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 IRMO HIGH GOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 IRMO MIDDLE GOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 LAKE MURRAY ELEMENTARYGOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 LEAPHART ELEMENTARY SILVER 
LEXINGTON 5 NURSERY ROAD ELEMENTARYGOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 OAK POINTE ELEMENTARY GOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 RIVER SPRINGS ELEMENTARYGOLD 
LEXINGTON 5 SEVEN OAKS ELEMENTARY GOLD SILVER
RICHLAND 1 HEYWARD CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER GOLD 
RICHLAND 1 A C FLORA HIGH GOLD 
RICHLAND 1 ALCORN MIDDLE SILVER 
RICHLAND 1 ARDEN ELEMENTARY  SILVER
RICHLAND 1 BRENNEN ELEMENTARY GOLD 
RICHLAND 1 BROCKMAN ELEMENTARY GOLD 
RICHLAND 1 BURTON PACK ELEMENTARY GOLD SILVER
RICHLAND 1 CARVER-LYON ELEMENTARY GOLD SILVER
RICHLAND 1 CRAYTON MIDDLE GOLD 
RICHLAND 1 DREHER HIGH GOLD 
RICHLAND 1 EDWARD E TAYLOR ELEMENTARY SILVER 
RICHLAND 1 FOREST HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY GOLD SILVER
RICHLAND 1 GADSDEN ELEMENTARY  SILVER
RICHLAND 1 HAND MIDDLE  SILVER
RICHLAND 1 H B RHAME ELEMENTARY GOLD SILVER
RICHLAND 1 MEADOWFIELD ELEMENTARY  SILVER
RICHLAND 1 ROSEWOOD ELEMENTARY GOLD 
RICHLAND 1 SATCHEL FORD ROAD ELEMENTARY GOLD 
RICHLAND 1 ST ANDREWS MIDDLE SILVER 
RICHLAND 1 W A PERRY MIDDLE SILVER 
RICHLAND 1 WEBBER ELEMENTARY GOLD SILVER 
RICHLAND 2 BETHEL-HANBERRY ELEMENTARY GOLD SILVER
RICHLAND 2 BLYTHEWOOD HIGH GOLD GOLD
RICHLAND 2 BOOKMAN ROAD ELEMENTARY GOLD 
RICHLAND 2 E L WRIGHT MIDDLE (ELEMENTARY) GOLD 
RICHLAND 2 KELLY MILL MIDDLE (ELEMENTARY) SILVER SILVER
RICHLAND 2 L W CONDER ELEMENTARY GOLD SILVER
RICHLAND 2 LAKE CAROLINA ELEMENTARY GOLD GOLD
RICHLAND 2 POLO ROAD ELEMENTARY GOLD SILVER
RICHLAND 2 RIDGE VIEW HIGH GOLD GOLD
RICHLAND 2 ROUND TOP ELEMENTARY GOLD 
RICHLAND 2 SANDLAPPER ELEMENTARY SILVER 
RICHLAND 2 SPRING VALLEY HIGH GOLD GOLD
RICHLAND 2 SUMMIT PARKWAY MIDDLE (ELEMENTARY) GOLD 
RICHLAND 2 WINDSOR ELEMENTARY SILVER

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