The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUmE 12 — ISSUE 1 68 education You can never totally judge a school or school system by the number of awards they receive however, honors in the world of academia do give you an indication of whether or not the schools are heading in the right direction. Evidently many of the Upstate's schools have not only excellent administrative and teaching staf but also students willing to go the extra mile to see that they take advantage of the opportunities before them. One good example is Spartanburg School District 3. In early February of this year South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly M. Spearman announced that Spartanburg School District 3 was chosen as the winner of one of only four national College Board Gaston Caperton Opportunity Awards along with a $25,000 award to support programs encouraging students to attend college. Spearman was quoted as saying, "I am very excited that Gettys D. Broome High School has received this national recognition for its commitment to expanding college opportunities for traditionally under-represented students. They are setting a great example by opening doors for students during and after high school and preparing them for careers and citizenship..." The Gaston Caperton Opportunity Awards recognizes schools and districts that are excelling in creating opportunities for traditionally Education by laurel hyatt underrepresented students. At Gettys D. Broome High School, where the majority of the student body is frst generation, students are able to learn about college starting in the eighth grade. With seven colleges and universities within a 10-mile radius, students are encouraged to take dual accreditation classes and visit the campuses so they can envision a pathway to college. But the honors for the Upstate school districts did not stop there as later Spearman announced the winners of Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards schools achieving for both excellence and closing the achievement gap. This list included a number of schools from Anderson District 1, Greenville, Pickens and Spartanburg school districts. Two of the four schools that were selected as Palmetto's Finest Schools in the state were Spartanburg County schools. Holly Springs-Motlow in Campobello was selected as one of Palmetto's Finest Elementary Schools. Boiling Springs Middle was selected as Palmetto's Finest Middle School. Thirteen schools in Anderson 1 plus its shared Career and Technology Center earned honors, with Wren High also named a Palmetto Gold winner for both Gold categories. In Greenville, 67 schools plus all four career centers were named Palmetto award winners. Six schools earning Gold designations for both general excellence and closing the achievement gap included: Blythe Academy, Skyland Elementary, Mauldin High, Riverside High, Wade Hampton High and Langston Charter Middle. Fourteen schools in Pickens County earned Palmetto awards. award winning, community minded

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