Nine South Carolina schools are finalists for the 2017 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards after extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners. The application process includes elements on student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture.
Last fall, 21 South Carolina schools submitted a 20-page application and received an onsite examination visit by a review committee. The nine finalists are now undergoing a second onsite evaluation.
The finalist schools will gather in their schools on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. to learn which have won the top honors. The announcement will be streamed live to each of the finalist schools.
The nine finalists are as follows:
A.J. Whittenberg Elementary, Greenville County Schools
Little Mountain Elementary, Newberry County Schools
Monarch Elementary, Greenville County Schools
Round Top Elementary, Richland District 2
Scranton Elementary, Florence District 3
Dutch Fork Middle, Lexington-Richland District 5
Dutch Fork High, Lexington-Richland District 5
Seneca High, Oconee County Schools
Campobello-Gramling School, Spartanburg District 1
The SC Association of School Administrators (SCASA) presents the awards each year to schools which offer the best in innovative, effective educational programs. The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 39th year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.
“We are excited to recognize some of the outstanding and innovative schools in South Carolina. They represent the many excellent school communities serving South Carolina’s families,” said Beth Phibbs, SCASA Executive Director.
SCASA is the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, with a membership of more than 4,000.