The new TransformSC schools are located across the state: Monarch Elementary School (Greenville) Swansea High School Freshman Academy (Swansea), Bates Middle School (Sumter), Hartsville High School (Hartsville) and R.B. Stall High School (Charleston).
Lexington County School District 4 in the Midlands and Cherokee County School District in the Upstate are joining as complete districts.
“The fact that more schools and districts are joining the TransformSC network shows how leadership can transform education in South Carolina,” said Pamela Lackey, state president of AT&T and co-chair of TransformSC. “These leaders in our education community are inspiring widespread improvement in student learning and innovative thinking.”
To be accepted into the TransformSC network, the schools submitted a three-year innovation plan that is evaluated and approved by TransformSC’s Action Team Chairs and staff. Schools in the network commit to creating a culture of innovation and implementing a combination of innovative practices to transform learning and teaching for every student and every teacher in every classroom every day.
“The continued growth that we’ve been seeing over the past year indicates that these transformational practices are having a positive impact on our classrooms,” said Mike Brenan, co-chair of TransformSC and state president of BB&T.
The four most common innovative practices in the network are: project-based learning, blended learning, continuous assessment and competency-based progression.
TransformSC schools receive a variety of supports and opportunities through participation in the network, including access to national experts, mentorship opportunities with other innovative schools and assistance with the implementation of innovation plans.
Schools at all levels and stages of development are encouraged to apply for acceptance to the TransformSC network by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on TransformSC’s new schools, please click here.
TransformSC, an education initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, is a collaboration of business leaders, educators, students, parents and policy makers transforming the public education system so that every student graduates prepared for careers, college and citizenship. TransformSC schools and districts are designing, launching, promoting and proving transformative practices in the classroom. Currently there are 55 schools from 23 districts, as well as five entire districts in the TransformSC network. For more information, visit www.sccompetes.org/transformsc.