Published on April 5th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Chapin High School receives Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award

Chapin High School Principal Dr. Akil Ross addresses students and staff after learning that the school won this year’s Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award.

CHAPIN – Chapin High School has been named a Palmetto’s Finest Schools Award winner.

Students and staff assembled at the Lexington-Richland District Five school held hands, hugged and cheered as the announcement was made through a live SCETV news feed on March 24 to each of the 11 finalist schools. Palmetto’s Finest awards are presented annually to schools offering the best in innovation and effective educational programs.

“To be named among other outstanding schools is a great success,” said Dr. Akil Ross, principal of Chapin High School. “I am proud of the Chapin community for its support of the school and the resources it provides to help meet our goals. I am proud of the work and dedication of the faculty and staff. Most of all, I am proud of the determination each student has to maximize their potential through academics, athletics and the arts.”

Chapin High School received an “A” rating under the latest federal accountability system and a Palmetto Gold award for academic achievement. It also received an absolute rating of 4.6, which is one of the highest ratings in the state for open enrollment schools. Over 85 percent of seniors took the SAT last school year, and Chapin High yielded a composite score of 1550. The school has two state championships this school year, including one for its marching band and one for its cheerleading team, and a student and coach were selected for the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

District Five Superintendent Dr. Stephen Hefner said, “An honor like this does not happen without the combined efforts of students, staff, parents and the entire community. We congratulate Chapin High School on this outstanding achievement and on being one of the Palmetto State’s finest public high schools.”

Now in its 37th year, the Palmetto’s Finest award is considered one of the most coveted and respected awards among educators. Other schools receiving this year’s awards include: Oak Grove Elementary in Lexington 1, Red Cedar Elementary in Beaufort County School District and Gregg Middle in Dorchester District 2.





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