The South Carolina Department of Education recently announced the recipients of the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for the 2012-13 school year.

The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program recognizes schools for academic achievement and improvement rates.

Awards are based on the criteria in the statewide Accountability Manual approved by the Education Oversight Committee for both general performance and working towards closing the achievement gap.

Within those two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation.

The EOC revised the criteria for Palmetto Silver General Performance this year, reducing the number of eligible schools.

General PerformanceGold

Academic Magnet High

Buist Academy

Charles Pinckney Elementary

Charleston Developmental Academy Public Charter (Middle)

Charleston School of the Arts

East Cooper Montessori Charter

Garrett Academy of Technology

James B. Edwards Elementary

Jennie Moore Elementary

Laing Middle

Mamie Whitesides Elementary

Military Magnet Academy

Moultrie Middle

Mount Pleasant Academy

Orange Grove Charter

Sullivan’s Island Elementary

Thomas C. Cario Middle

Wando High

Silver

Charleston Developmental Academy Public Charter (Elementary)

Charleston Progressive Academy

Closing the Achievement GapGold

Buist Academy

Charleston School of the Arts

Mamie Whitesides Elementary

Orange Grove Charter

Thomas C. Cario Middle

Silver

Belle Hall Elementary

Charles Pinckney Elementary

Charleston Developmental Academy Public Charter

Laing Middle