HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Two Horry County Schools have won 2014 Palmetto's Finest Schools Awards.
Midland Elementary and Forestbrook Middle were announced as two of the five winners of the prestigious statewide education award Wednesday afternoon. The other winners were: Okatie Elementary in Okatie, Camden High in Camden, and Fairfield Magnet School for Math and Science in Winnsboro.
The award is given by the Carolina Association of School Administrators to schools that are evaluated on elements of student achievement, instructional programs, professional learning communities, and school culture. The Finest School Awards have been presented since 1978.
Jennifer Parker is the principal at Midland Elementary, located in Galivants Ferry, serving 547 students. According to a news release from SCASA: "Students have the opportunity to grow as Midland Master Minds in the areas of photography, videography, animation, drama, chess, and book publishing. Academic growth occurs through literacy workstations, digital learning, and differentiated instruction. Midland Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon School, Palmetto Silver and Gold Recipient, and Closing the Achievement Gap Winner."
April Scott is the principal at Forestbrook Middle School, located in Myrtle Beach and serving over 1,100 students in grades six to eight. The SCASA states about Forestbrook: "Forestbrook Middle has earned the Palmetto Gold Award for the past three years and ranked #1 in Schools Like Us for the past two years. Teachers design engaging lessons that incorporate technology and focus on formal and informal data to cultivate individual students' talents and highlight excellence. The students of Forestbrook Middle excel as learners, leaders, athletes, scholars, and above all, well-rounded, productive citizens ready to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global society."
"The Palmetto's Finest award winners represent the many innovative schools in our state," said SCASA's Molly Spearman. "They are community centers of learning where students are given personalized instruction and high expectations."
Learn more about the SCASA and the Palmetto's Finest Awards here: