August 19, 2016
Columbia, SC – SC Whitmore School, a tuition-free public virtual charter school based in Columbia, held a ribbon-cutting and open house at their new facility in Northeast Columbia today.
Parents and students came from all across South Carolina to tour the new facility, meet the teachers and faculty, and celebrate the start of a new school year. 2016 marks the 5th anniversary of SC Whitmore’s founding.
The event was catered by Pawley’s Front Porch food truck.
Inez Tenenbaum, former SC Superintendent of Education, delivered the keynote address.
She lauded public charter schools and specifically SC Whitmore for providing non-traditional education opportunities to students across our state.
“My years in the classroom brought home to me the importance of self-paced education. Each child should receive an education that’s personal to them and SC Whitmore School offers opportunities for students to become world class learners.”
In his remarks, SC Whitmore Principal John Loveday talked about the growth and success of the school.
“SC Whitmore School was granted a charter back in 2010 and opened one year laterin 2011 with 80 students,” said Principal Loveday. “Next week we plan to start the 2016-17 school year with 400 students. That represents a student population growth of 400% in the past five years. Also, during that same time period we have tripled our graduation rate, and are now at or above district averages in all four End of Course Exam assessments (US History, English 1, Algebra 1, Biology). Even with this success, the SC Whitmore School’s faculty, staff, and board of directors are as motivated as ever to continue pushing forward towards higher and higher levels of excellence. Lastly, we believe a quote from the famous educator, John Dewey, summarizes well the importance of our public school choice, public charter schools, and SC Whitmore School in particular: “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s we rob them of tomorrow.”Back to School News
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