Two Lowcountry schools earn National Blue Ribbon honors

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Five schools in South Carolina were named 2010 National Blue Ribbon schools.   Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School in Goose Creek and Charles Pinckney Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant were among those honored.

National Blue Ribbon schools are models of excellence that other schools can emulate, and have demonstrated superior academic achievement or dramatic gains in student achievement.  Schools must have either 40% of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds and show dramatic improvement on test scores, or regardless of demographics, the school must perform in the to 10% of schools in the state.

Howe Hall serves 422 students in grades K-5 with a poverty level of 46%.  School administrators believe the arts education students receive is a key ingredient in their success.  The school's level of achievement in academics and arts is among the highest in the state on assessments.

Charles Pinckney serves 975 students in grades 3-5, and has consistently achieves excellent absolute performance ratings on its school report card.  School leaders say their success lies in a belief that all children can learn and excel.

Other schools in the state that won the awards include Ballentine Elementary in Irmo, Greenville Technical Charter High School in Greenville, and Powdersville Elementary in Greenville.

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