For the third year in a row, Lake View High School has earned the distinction of Palmetto Gold by the South Carolina Department of Education. Now in its ninth year, the Palmetto Gold and Palmetto Silver Awards Program was created for schools attaining high levels of absolute performance, high rates of growth, and substantial progress in closing achievement gaps between groups of students. This recent recognition makes the sixth year that Lake View High School has been honored by the program since 2001.
For high schools, the ratings are based on Exit Exam results, graduation rate, and percentage of students passing End of Course tests. Other Pee Dee high schools receiving gold awards for general performance were Manning High School in Clarendon School District Two, Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology in Darlington County, and South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville.
“Schools that win these awards take the initiative to create quality instructional programs,” South Carolina Superintendent of Education Jim Rex said in a recent press release. “More than half the schools recognized have student poverty levels above sixty percent. With dedication and hard work, they’ve done an excellent job for students, despite the odds.”
Lake View High School was further honored with an Excellent rating on the recently released annual SCDOE Report Card.