MSC named Gold School of Excellence for Second Year

The Montessori School of Camden is a Gold School of Excellence! We celebrated MSC's middle school program for scoring in the top 25% of all SCDE middle schools. Additionally, these students demonstrated above average growth in English and Math, earning them a Gold School of Distinction award. Read more in this article from the Chronicle-Independent! 

Thornwell named Gold School of Excellence 

Congratulations to Thornwell Charter School for being named a Gold School of Excellence! In order to receive this award, TCS' middle school program scored in the top 25% of all SCDE schools in Math. Additionally, the middle school program was named a Silver School of Distinction, and the elementary program was named a Gold School of Distinction.

Summit Classical School named Local School of Distinction

Institute staff and leadership traveled to Summit Classical School to celebrate their academic achievements! Summit has been named a Silver School of Distinction, meaning that it outperformed the local school district and demonstrated average growth in ELA and Math. Thank you to Go Laurens for covering this event on their website!

First Charter School in Greenwood County Financed with $25M in Bonds

In Greenwood County, a vacant space in a mall is being transformed into a public education option that will benefit the entire community. Learn more about one of our newest schools, Greenwood Charter Academy, in this article by GSA Business Report.

Twin Titles: Gray Collegiate Rules 2-A Basketball in South Carolina

What a season for GCA's Boys' and Girls' basketball teams! The teams are getting national attention in this article by Sportsbook Live. Go War Eagles!

Gray Collegiate Academy Competitive Cheer Team Honored at the State House for winning State Championship

House Representatives Chris Wooten for House and Rep. Micah Caskey presented a resolution to the Gray Collegiate Academy cheerleading team. The resolution celebrated the Lady War Eagles' victory in the Class 2A State Championship - the first cheerleading state title in school history. Learn more about the recognition in this story by West Metro News. 
Last week, our Authorization team traveled to Midlands STEM for a renewal site visit. While there, they had the opportunity to observe several classes, walk around campus, and speak with the leaders to get a better understanding of how we can work together to #MoveTheNeedle.
The Institute team has been busy all over the state this month, participating in and hosting trainings to #MoveTheNeedle for our schools! Our Finance team attended the South Carolina Association of School Business Officials Conference to collaborate and grow so that we can better serve our schools. Meanwhile, our Accountability team is hosting a series of trainings at South Carolina Connections Academy to help teachers unpack math standards.
The Institute Charter School Ambassadors enjoyed a retreat where they crafted a mission statement for the Ambassador program and had some fun with a round of bowling!
We had a wonderful time celebrating Read Across America Week with our schools! Several Institute team members enjoyed the opportunity to read to students at Institute schools across the state.
Thank you to the members of our schools who visited the Institute office for a PowerSchool Training! We enjoy working together to #MoveTheNeedle in every aspect of our schools.
Episodes 28 and 29 of Institute Leaders Lifeline are out now! Listen here
The Institute is now hiring a Director of PowerSchool. Learn more about the position and apply here.
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