Struggling Charleston Co schools improve; others could be taken over by state

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Some of the worst performing schools in Charleston County are making progress, while others could be taken over by the state for lagging behind state standards. Thousands of students will attend those under achieving schools this year.

According to the State Department of Education, 5 schools in Charleston County will stay on the state's Palmetto Priority Schools list.

In all, there are 20 schools around the state on the list and they are considered the worst performing schools.

Those schools include Burns Elementary which got a state report card grade of a "D" last year. Sanders-Clyde Elementary, Burke, North Charleston and Stall High schools all got "F's" on last year's report card.

More than 3,000 students will attend those under achieving schools next year.

Any school on the priority list is at risk of being taken over by the state. A committee will work closely with each of those schools looking at many areas, everything from redesigning school plans, meeting with parents for input and even suggesting staff changes.

While those schools are considered below standard by the state, there are 3 others in the county that have improved and were taken off of the priority list. Malcolm Hursey Elementary, Morningside Middle and St. Johns High School showed improvement according to state standards.

We have reached out to the Charleston County School District for their plans to improve the struggling schools, but have not heard back.

Charleston County is the only district in the Lowcountry with schools on the Palmetto Priority Schools list.

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