State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais on Wednesday announced the Palmetto Gold and Silver Award recipients for this school year.
For a complete, searchable list of the state's gold and silver schools, go to postandcourier.com/gold-and-silver.
The state Department of Education recognized 592 schools and career centers for general performance, closing the achievement gap, or qualifying in both categories. Within those two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation.
"Congratulations are in order for these Palmetto Gold and Silver Award winners that were selected by South Carolina's Education Oversight Committee," Zais said. "At the same time, I'm concerned about an award system that identifies 53 percent of our schools as the top performers. That is why I support a single accountability system recognizing student growth and performance that is clear and transparent to parents, teachers, and the public."
Of the award recipients, only 65 schools were awarded the gold designation for both general performance and closing the achievement gap, including one in Berkeley County, eight in Charleston County and and five in Dorchester County.
"These top 5 percent truly are our superstars," Zais said. About 19 percent of this year's recipient schools are also classified as high poverty, meaning that over 90 percent of their students receive Medicaid and/or Free or Reduced Meals.
Schools that received gold for both peformance and closing the achievement gap are:
Berkeley County: Hanahan High School.
Charleston County: Charleston County School of the Arts (high and middle), Garrett Academy of Technology, James Island Charter High, Military Magnet (high), Orange Grove Charter, St. John's High and Cario Middle.
Dorchester District 2: Fort Dorchester Elementary, Fort Dorchester High, Rollings Middle School of the Arts, Summerville High, Reeves Elementary.