Palmetto Scholars Academy

Public, Charter 6-12

 7499 Dorchester Road
       North Charleston, SC  29418


 (843) 300-4118

District: School Public Charter School District


Student/teacher ratio:  16.2
Number of students:  478

Racial breakdown:

White:
67.6%
African American:
19.0%
Hispanic:
5.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  6.3%

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Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Palmetto Scholars Academy ranked better than 97% of middle schools in South Carolina. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 97.81. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018, Palmetto Scholars Academy ranked better than 97.2% of high schools in South Carolina. It also ranked among 5 ranked high schools in the School Public Charter School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 84.89. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (67.6%), African American (19%), Hispanic (5.6%). (See more...)
Compare Details 6.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palmetto Scholars Academy is 16.2, which is the 4th best among 5 high schools in the School Public Charter School District. (See more...)
Compare Palmetto Scholars Academy employs 29.5 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Palmetto Scholars Academy:

SchoolDigger ranks Palmetto Scholars Academy 9th of 303 South Carolina public middle schools. (See Palmetto Scholars Academy in the ranking list.)
SchoolDigger ranks Palmetto Scholars Academy 6th of 216 South Carolina public high schools. (See Palmetto Scholars Academy in the ranking list.)

School Public Charter School District:

SchoolDigger ranks School Public Charter School District 24th of 82 South Carolina school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Palmetto Scholars Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2011 96.67 4th 269 98.5%
2012 93.30 7th 271 97.4%
2013 95.98 5th 276 98.2%
2014 96.59 4th 291 98.6%
2015 98.39 3rd 301 99.0%
2016 96.95 7th 303 97.7%
2017 96.82 9th 317 97.2%
2018 97.81 9th 303 97.0%

Data source: test scores: South Carolina Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Palmetto Scholars Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools SC State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2013 99.43 1st 203 99.5%
2015 90.40 6th 232 97.4%
2016 92.49 5th 231 97.8%
2017 85.27 8th 223 96.4%
2018 84.89 6th 216 97.2%

Data source: test scores: South Carolina Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: South Carolina State Department of Education

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All ratings (Avg rating: 3.9)
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by a student
Friday, February 26, 2016

Open Quote This school is not what it says. It claims to be a gifted school tailored to the gifted learner, but has evolved into something else entirely. Most of the students aren't gifted, and most of the classes are your typical middle school classes. Nothing above and beyond like the school says. As a student who has been identified as gifted, it frustrates me how slow, repetitive, and poor maintained each class is. The work is not challenging to me and most of the school is made up of kids from homeschools and Montessori schools. If you are thinking about sending a gifted child here, try somewhere else, like an actual magnet school.

Most teachers in the school are okay, but there are some that like to cause drama and leave school for long periods of time. One incident involved an English teacher deciding to leave for two weeks just because they were upset by a conference with the Principal. Another teacher would just leave her class for weeks at a time, due to an extra-curricular activity that they supervised.

The school's organization is very messy. Often things like Progress Reports and Report Cards will not be given to some students, schedules will be messed up, and the Office will add a couple "unexcused absences" to your record. Though the Principal is very nice and tries to keep the school running smoothly, the Vice-Principal tries to take control over everything, even the duties of the Principal.

The atmosphere is good; there are few bullying problems, but it is not what you would expect of a gifted school. Most students have no zest for learning, and have no desire to do anything but stare at their phones.

My biggest disappointment with this school is the amount of parents trying to climb the school's ranks (by carving out a career for themselves in the school, when they haven't anything better to do) and the amount of favoritism given to children of these parents. Most of these parents start out as substitute teachers and then try to get into the front office, before trying to become an actual teacher.

And finally, the school cannot use its resources. Instead of teaching kids and inspiring them, and having kids excelling in academics, athletics, and the arts, they seem to think that having connections to colleges and organizations will get the school somewhere. The reason this school isn't well known, is that it doesn't have anything to be known for. The academics are sub-par, the athletics department is small and the main sports team (basketball), isn't even that good. As far as the arts go, the only major things are band and chorus, which again aren't ever heard of. If this school wants to prosper, then they should start with the students. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Open Quote In today's society it is difficult to find a school that meets the needs of gifted students. A previous parent posted that this was a school for students needing "adderall." Well, that parent obviously does not understand gifted children (and that parent should not be within such a school community with gifted kids)! Gifted kids who are bored are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD--and that's exactly why they need a school like Palmetto Scholars! My child attends Palmetto Scholars Academy, and for the first time he is challenged academically! He comes home discussing the cool, hands-on, inquiry-based stuff he's worked on. He loves school, he loves his teachers, and he loves his peers. Palmetto Scholars Academy has a phenomenal faculty that is dedicated to its students. I am constantly amazed by the above and beyond efforts made by teachers who make unique activities and opportunities available to their students! Potential parents should look into all of the award winning academic activities they offer. Better yet, visit the school and see all the amazing things these teachers do with their students in their classrooms. My son has found his niche among a group of academically likeminded peers at PSA. We're so glad we found this gem of a school! Close Quote


by a parent
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Open Quote The house system is a waste of time and the design of the worthless Vice Principle. Hopefully the new principal will get the school to the level it should be. The previous temporary principal ran the school into the ground. Overall it is a very good school with high teacher turnover of inexperienced lazy teachers. They advertise to direct toward the gifted student although I have not seen that at all. They seem to only give consideration to kids taking adderall. The parent Facebook page is monitored so only positive comments can be posted. If you have a problem in school and want to know if other parents are experiencing the same problem, they delete your post. It is not a public site. The design was for parent interaction. Mr. Gott has his work cut out for himself. He needs to clean house for that to happen. Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, August 11, 2013

Open Quote This is a school where teachers and students alike care about what they are doing. As an educator for over twenty years, I have never seen such an amazing group of teachers than I have seen at Palmetto Scholars Academy. They challenge all the students to be the best they can be, and the students accept those challenges. My son is entering his junior year of high school here, and has attended the school since his freshman year. We have seen the school grow and expand to one of the best schools in South Carolina. This is truly a one of a kind school, and I absolutely recommend your consideration for your child to attend PSA. Close Quote


by a student
Friday, June 21, 2013

Open Quote Advancing toward its 4th year (and my third year), Palmetto Scholars Academy has grown immensely to one of the best schools around. 100% of the faculty and staff are excellent, and the school will continue to grow and expand. Communication between the faculty and staff with the students and parents is incredible. If you're looking for a challenging and awesome school, this is the place to go. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Palmetto Scholars Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2010 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
2011 140 33 7 6 0 0 4 0 190
2012 163 52 5 9 0 1 2 0 232
2013 179 88 6 9 0 1 0 0 283
2014 211 77 11 14 1 1 1 0 316
2015 234 73 18 22 0 1 2 0 350
2016 281 82 23 26 0 2 3 0 417
2017 323 91 22 27 0 2 7 6 478

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Palmetto Scholars Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 n/a n/a n/a n/a
2011 190 11.0 17.2 0.0
2012 232 14.8 15.6 16.4
2013 283 17.9 15.8 23.7
2014 316 21.6 14.6 19.6
2015 350 23.0 15.2 11.4
2016 417 26.0 16.0 11.5
2017 478 29.5 16.2 6.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Palmetto Scholars Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2010 n/a n/a n/a n/a
2011 190 11.0 17.2 0.0
2012 232 14.8 15.6 16.4
2013 283 17.9 15.8 23.7
2014 316 21.6 14.6 19.6
2015 350 23.0 15.2 11.4
2016 417 26.0 16.0 11.5
2017 478 29.5 16.2 6.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.




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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the South Carolina Department of Education.

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