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Published on August 23rd, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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East Point Academy Named #2 Charter School in S.C.

West Columbia, S.C. – East Point Academy was named the #2 Best Charter School in South Carolina for both elementary and middle schools in the 2020 Niche school rankings, released this month. 

Niche is an online platform founded at Carnegie Mellon University, which evaluates schools nationwide. The rankings and information, arduously collected by Niche, provide families with the inside look they need to find the schools that are the best suited for their students’ individual needs.

In addition to being rated the #2 Best Charter School in South Carolina, Niche awarded East Point with a grade of ‘A’, one of only a handful of schools in the Columbia area with this distinction.

Niche also rated the middle and elementary campuses within the top 4% of all schools in the nation, a 3% gain from last year’s already impressive rankings. In all, East Point placed in 26 Niche categories.

Niche rankings are calculated by a team of data scientists, engineers, parents and community members for schools throughout the U.S.  These rankings are considered one of the most comprehensive tools to evaluate school culture and performance.

The rankings are based on an in-depth analysis of factors including academics, campus life, extracurricular and athletic activity opportunities, parent reviews, gifted and special needs programs, diversity and teacher quality, unlike traditional school ratings, which rely almost exclusively on test scores. 

Upon learning of the 2020 Niche rankings, Head of School Mark Bounds said, “At East Point Academy, we strive to provide each student with a rich and rigorous academic experience. The results of those efforts are evident in the consistent growth our school shows year after year.”

“I am so proud of the excellent work our students and teachers are doing here at East Point Academy. It is wonderful to see those efforts acknowledged on the national level,” added Chief Academic Officer Dr. Toneka Green.

East Point Academy has limited spaces still available for the 2019-2020 school year. Tours are conducted on a regular basis and can be scheduled by calling 803-926-5180.

You can see the full list of East Point Academy Niche rankings here: https://www.niche.com/k12/east-point-academy-west-columbia-sc/rankings/.

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East Point Academy, founded in 2011, is a globally minded public charter school in West Columbia, S.C., serving over 725 students in preschool through eighth grade. East Point students at the elementary level receive half of their daily instruction in Mandarin Chinese. Middle school students receive approximately 25% of their daily instruction in Mandarin, with placement from novice to advanced levels. The school is tuition free and open to all students in South Carolina, regardless of their zoned district.

East Point Academy has been voted Best Private or Charter School in Columbia by the readers of the Free Times and the State’s Best Public Charter School by the readers of The State newspaper. 


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