Fifty-nine schools in York, Chester and Lancaster counties were recognized Monday for student achievement with Palmetto Gold or Palmetto Silver awards by the State Department of Education.
Seventeen schools in Rock Hill were honored, 13 in Fort Mill, 11 in Lancaster, eight in Clover, five in York, and three in Chester. York Preparatory Academy’s elementary and middle school programs also were honored in the charter school category.
Overall, 662 S.C. schools were winners.
The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program began with the Education Accountability Act of 1998, giving recognition to schools for high levels of academic achievement and high rates of improvement.
The gold award recognizes schools based on the statewide criteria for both general performance and working toward closing the achievement gap. Within those two categories, a school can be awarded either the gold or silver designation. The state revised the criteria for Palmetto Silver General Performance this year, reducing the number of eligible schools.
Of the award recipients, 446 schools were recognized for general performance only, 39 were recognized for closing the achievement gap only, and 192 schools were recognized in both.
Nearly 70 percent of the recognized schools have high poverty ratings. That means at least 60 percent of their students qualify for free- or reduced-price meals.
Seven schools in York County were honored for reaching the gold standard both for general performance and closing the achievement gap: Banks Trail Middle School, Pleasant Knoll Elementary and Riverview Elementary in Fort Mill; Bethany Elementary, Crowders Creek Elementary and Larne Elementary in Clover; and Independence Elementary in Rock Hill.
Seventy-five schools state wide received double gold awards.
Schools honored for general performance were:
Rock Hill: Applied Technology Center, gold; Belleview Elementary, silver; Castle Heights Middle, gold; Dutchman Creek Middle, gold; Ebinport Elementary, gold; Independence Elementary, gold; India Hook Elementary, gold; Mount Holly Elementary, gold; Mt. Gallant Elementary, gold; Northside Elementary, silver; Old Pointe Elementary, gold; Rawlinson Road Middle, gold; Saluda Trail Middle, silver; Sunset Park Elementary, gold; Children’s School at Sylvia Circle, gold; Sullivan Middle, silver; York Road Elementary, gold.
Fort Mill: Banks Trail Middle, gold; Fort Mill Elementary, gold; Fort Mill High, gold; Fort Mill Middle, gold; Gold Hill Elementary, gold; Gold Hill Middle, gold; Nation Ford High, gold; Orchard Park Elementary, gold; Pleasant Knoll Elementary, gold; Riverview Elementary, gold; Springfield Elementary, gold; Springfield Middle, gold, Sugar Creek Elementary gold.
York: Cotton Belt Elementary, gold; Hunter Street Elementary, gold; York Comprehensive High, gold; York Intermediate, gold; York Middle, gold.
Clover: Bethany Elementary, gold; Bethel Elementary, gold; Clover High, gold; Crowders Creek Elementary, gold; Griggs Road Elementary, gold; Kinard Elementary, gold; Larne Elementary, gold; Oakridge Middle, gold.
Chester County: Lewisville High, gold; Lewisville Middle, gold; Lewisville Elementary, silver.
Lancaster County: Andrew Jackson High, gold; Buford Elementary, silver; Buford High, gold; Buford Middle, silver; Discovery School, gold, Indian Land Elementary, gold; Indian Land High, gold; Indian Land Middle, gold; McDonald Green Elementary, gold; North Elementary, gold.
Charter schools: York Preparatory Academy (elementary), gold; York Preparatory Academy (middle), silver.
Schools honored for closing the achievement gap were:
Rock Hill: Independence Elementary, gold; Northside Elementary, gold; Rawlinson Road Middle, silver.
Fort Mill: Banks Trail Middle, gold; Fort Mill Elementary, silver; Gold Hill Elementary, silver; Gold Hill Middle, silver; Pleasant Knoll Elementary, gold; Riverview Elementary, gold; Sugar Creek Elementary, silver.
York: Hunter Street Elementary, silver; York Intermediate, silver.
Clover: Bethany Elementary, gold; Crowders Creek Elementary, gold; Griggs Road Elementary, silver; Larne Elementary, gold; Oakridge Middle, silver
Lancaster County: Clinton Elementary silver; Indian Land Elementary, silver.
The Associated Press contributed.