Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012

Brushy Creek Elementary, Stone Academy Selected Palmettos Finest Schools Award Finalists

Two Greenville County schools – Brushy Creek Elementary and Stone Academy of Communication Arts - are among nine finalists for the 2012 Palmetto’s Finest Schools Awards after extensive evaluations by fellow educators and previous Palmetto’s Finest winners. The application process includes a focus on student achievement, faculty training, program goals and teaching quality, office practices, and community involvement.

Brushy Creek Elementary was previously named a Palmetto’s Finest School in 1995.

Last fall, 20 South Carolina schools submitted a 20-page application and received an onsite examination visit by a review committee. The finalists are now undergoing a second onsite evaluation.

The finalist schools will gather in Columbia on Tuesday, March 27, at the Koger Center for the Arts, at 6:30 p.m. to learn which four of them have won the top honors.  The coveted awards, sponsored by the SC Association of School Administrators (SCASA), are presented each year to two elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school.

The other finalist schools are Beech Hill Elementary, Dorchester 2; Burgess Elementary, Horry County; Beaufort Middle, Beaufort County; Kelly Mill Middle, Richland 2; Blythewood High, Richland 2; Fort Mill High, York 4; and Hilton Head Island High, Beaufort County.

The Palmetto’s Finest Award is celebrating its 34th year and is one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators.

SCASA is the professional organization for school leaders in South Carolina, with a membership of more than 2,900.  From professional development opportunities and research, to publications and legislative advocacy, SCASA’s focus is to support school leaders in providing the best possible education for South Carolina’s young people.  As a state affiliate of three national associations for school leaders, SCASA also works on the national level.

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