Ladson, S.C. — This is what a winning school sounds like.
Students at Joseph R. Pye Elementary School gathered in the school gymnasium to hear the news that the school was named a 2018 Palmetto's Finest school.
When the school's name was called during a live video announcement, students got to their feet loudly celebrating the school's top honors, waving red and blue pom poms.
Pye Elementary Palmetto's Finest Win
Led by principal Wanda Carroll-Williams, the Dorchester District 2 elementary school serves over 900 students in Pre-K through 5th grade using 21st Century Learning in a STEAM-friendly environment.
Five schools in South Carolina were named 2018 Palmetto’s Finest and Joseph R. Pye Middle in Ladson grabbed one of two top honors for elementary schools in the state. The awards are presented each year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.
The winning schools had progressed through an intensive application process requiring self-evaluation, peer review and two on-site examinations. The application and visits verified evidence of exceptional student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture.
“The Palmetto’s Finest award winners are models of innovation throughout our state,” said SCASA’s Beth Phibbs. “They set the standard of excellence by creating an outstanding school culture which includes setting high expectations and providing opportunities for personalized learning.”