Education

April 9, 2014

89 Midlands schools earn Palmetto Gold, Silver awards

Only seven schools, meanwhile, earned golds for both general performance and closing achievement gap.

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 School General Performance Closing the Achievement Gap
KERSHAW BARON DEKALB ELEMENTARY   SILVER
KERSHAW BETHUNE ELEMENTARY GOLD  
KERSHAW CAMDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR T GOLD SILVER
KERSHAW CAMDEN HIGH   SILVER
KERSHAW LESLIE M. STOVER SCHOOL SILVER  
KERSHAW LUGOFF ELEMENTARY GOLD  
KERSHAW LUGOFF-ELGIN HIGH GOLD  
KERSHAW NORTH CENTRAL HIGH GOLD GOLD
KERSHAW NORTH CENTRAL MIDDLE SILVER SILVER
KERSHAW WATEREE ELEMENTARY GOLD  
LEXINGTON 1 LEXINGTON TECHNOLOGY CENTER GOLD  
LEXINGTON 1 CAROLINA SPRINGS ELEMENTARY   SILVER
LEXINGTON 1 GILBERT HIGH GOLD  
LEXINGTON 1 LAKE MURRAY ELEMENTARY GOLD SILVER
LEXINGTON 1 LEXINGTON ELEMENTARY GOLD  
LEXINGTON 1 LEXINGTON HIGH GOLD  
LEXINGTON 1 LEXINGTON MIDDLE GOLD  
LEXINGTON 1 MEADOW GLEN ELEMENTARY GOLD  
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 ELEMENTARY SILVER SILVER
LEXINGTON 1 WHITE KNOLL HIGH GOLD  
LEXINGTON 2 AIRPORT HIGH SILVER  
LEXINGTON 2 BROOKLAND CAYCE SENIOR HIGH GOLD  
LEXINGTON 2 NORTHSIDE MIDDLE GOLD  
LEXINGTON 2 PINE RIDGE MIDDLE   SILVER
LEXINGTON 2 R.H. FULMER MIDDLE   SILVER
LEXINGTON 2 SPRINGDALE ELEMENTARY GOLD  
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 ELEMENTARY GOLD  
LEXINGTON 5 LEAPHART ELEMENTARY SILVER  
LEXINGTON 5 NURSERY ROAD ELEMENTARY GOLD  
LEXINGTON 5 OAK POINTE ELEMENTARY GOLD  
LEXINGTON 5 RIVER SPRINGS ELEMENTARY GOLD  
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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