Lowcountry schools brought home four of five statewide Palmetto’s Finest Awards today.

Berkeley County School District’s Marrington Middle School of the Arts and Hanahan Middle School were joined by Dorchester District 2’s Ashley Ridge High and Fort Dorchester Elementary. The other winner was Hammond Hill Elementary in Aiken County School District.

The S.C. Association of School Administrators presents the awards each year to schools which offer the best in innovative, effective educational programs. The 20-page application, which was filled out this year by 18 schools across the state, includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities and school culture. These awards are presented after extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners.

The winners were announced at 4 p.m. today via live streaming by SCETV.

“The Palmetto’s Finest award winners represent the many innovative schools in our state,” said Molly Spearman, SCASA executive director. “They are community centers of learning where students are given personalized instruction and high expectations.”

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