Socastee Elementary School is one of five schools in the state that were nominated to apply for the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award, the S.C. Department of Education announced Monday.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is run by the U.S. Department of Education and honors public and private K-12 schools that are high-achieving or have made significant progress in closing achievement gaps. South Carolina may nominate up to five schools annually per federal guidelines.
The other four nominees are Hanahan elementary and middle schools in the Berkeley County School District, Royall Elementary School in Florence School District 1 and West View Elementary School in Spartanburg School District 6.
All of the schools made significant performance gains over the last few years, with more than 50 percent of students coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. They also received A ratings on the states federal report card.
All five schools are in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category, meaning their students scored within the top 15 percent of all schools statewide, which is consistent with the selection criteria. All subgroups scored in the top 40 percent on state assessments in both English language arts and math.
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