May 3, 2017
Columbia, SC – As schools around the country celebrate National Charter Schools Week (May 1-5), SC Whitmore School, a tuition-free public virtual charter high school, is celebrating another banner year in 2017 in what Principal John Loveday calls the school’s most successful year to date.
A total of ninety students are on track to graduate in 2017, compared to sixty-seven in 2016. Thirty-six of those seniors have completed their graduation requirements several months early and four are graduating a full year early.
SCWS began the school year by opening their new facility in Columbia with a ribbon-cutting and open house ceremony where former South Carolina Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum delivered the keynote address.
In February, three SCWS school counselors made a presentation at the Palmetto State School Counselor Association Conference in Myrtle Beach titled, “Cultivating a Climate of Caring: Reengaging the Wounded Student,” focused on reaching “at-risk” students. The SCWS school counselors presented specific strategies used to meet student’s needs and assist them in reaching their highest potential.
Last year, SCWS saw the greatest increase of any public school in South Carolina in their mean SAT composite score. SCWS Principal John Loveday said the success the school is seeing is motivating:
“2017 has been an exciting year at SCWS,” said Principal John Loveday. “Our student body is growing, our faculty is being nationally recognized and more importantly our students are excelling beyond expectations. SCWS continues to demonstrate the flexibility and unique learning environment we are able to provide our students is clearly filling a need that exists in our education system.”
SCWS is a tuition-free, virtual charter public high school that was founded in 2011 and aims to engage students in mastery learning. The school’s objective for students is to become independent learners in a challenging way while giving them the essential tools for success that they may need. This unique environment of learning is an alternate form of education for students who may be on an accelerated track or need a flexible academic calendar.Back to School News
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