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Published on March 28th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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BLAZERS TAILORED FOR SUCCESS

Pictured Dr. Brenda Mack-Foxworth, Principal, Ridge View High School

Who wants to wear a suit or dress that’s not the right fit? It’s okay to have a little extra room in the garment, but if it’s too tight, it’s not right! After just one day in an uncomfortable outfit, you don’t want to see it again until it fits better. It’s the same with education. Getting the right fit is essential. At Ridge View High School, Home of the Blazers, the learning experience is tailor-made for each individual student. We call it personalization. With every stitch, we are sewing new groups of young, brilliant leaders who are making a difference at Ridge View and will impact their world. If you don’t believe me, keep reading.

Students in the Scholars Academy for Business and Law Magnet program are getting the attention of some powerful people in our community. Scholars Academy Juniors are advocating for teen dating violence education and passage of “Sierra’s Law” which would allow people under the age of 18 to get an order of protection against an abusive partner. Scholars Academy students received a resolution from Richland County Council, sponsored by Councilwoman Julie-Ann Dixon, in support of their work. The students are also working with State Representative Mia McLeod, Senator Vincent Sheheen and Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

The long hours and hard work of students and staff in the The Institute of Health Sciences Magnet program are paying off. Magnet Schools of America recently named our Institute of Health Sciences program a Magnet School of Distinction! The Institute of Health Sciences students pursue careers in medicine, dentistry, biomedical engineering, physical therapy, psychiatry and more. Graduates have been accepted to Emory, Harvard, Duke, MIT, Rutgers, USC and many other prestigious universities and colleges. Chandler Bailey has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. Bailey is an Institute of Health Sciences student, who will attend Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University to major in Horticulture with a minor in Spanish.

Right now you’re probably thinking that’s great for the magnet students but what about all the other students? The South Carolina Department of Education recently announced the Palmetto Gold and Silver Award winners for 2014–2015. The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program recognizes schools for attaining high levels of general performance and for making substantial progress in closing the achievement gap between disaggregated groups. Ridge View received Gold Awards in both areas – general performance and closing the achievement gap. Ridge View was the only high school from the eight counties in the Midlands area to do so!

On two consecutive State Report Cards (2013, 2014), Ridge View received an Excellent Absolute rating and an Excellent Growth rating. Our graduation rate improved on the 2015 Report Card to 88.5 percent. That’s higher than the state and district average.

Ridge View’s Student Council received the Gold Honor Council Award in March and the 4-A Video Project Award at the state convention. Art students have received 32 Scholastic and Writing Awards at the Scholastic Art and Writing Southeast Region Competition this year.

Junior Hezekiah Branch has won the 2016 Junior Travel Award for his achievement on the National Spanish Examination and for his excellent skills in the Spanish language. This national award is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. It is awarded annually to 24 students from across the country. In July, Hezekiah will travel to Spain with the other winners.

At Ridge View, we take education personal. We tailor the learning environment to include project and problem based learning. This helps to ensure that our Blazers are prepared for success! Please don’t take my word for it. Come and see for yourself. This is your hall pass to visit our campus. If a scheduled school tour doesn’t excite you, come to BlazerFest on M­­­­ay 21. This community event is packed with fun, food, games and entertainment from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. At BlazerFest you will learn why we believe and know, “It’s All at the View!”

 

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