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Investing in Islanders

For a number of years enrollment at St. John’s High School on John’s Island has been declining. Students are being lured away by magnet and charter schools and other opportunities, leaving the school at a disadvantage with lower student numbers and funding. In an effort to create opportunities for the current student body and to better compete for potential student enrollment, St. John’s High School embarked on a strategic planning process. To that end, a strategic plan was established with several goals. One goal is to create internship opportunities for St.

iUpstate

Upstate South Carolina boasts the highest international investment per capita than any other region in the United States. With such high numbers of “ex-pats” (ex-patriots) moving into the area each year, iUpstate identified the need for a comprehensive, user-fed website that provides answers to some of the most common questions asked by these internationals, regardless of country of origin. The website is located at www.iUpstate.org

Keepers of the Promise

Keepers of the Promise partnered with Charleston Promise Neighborhood in support of their mission to “provide every child in our Neighborhood with a clear path to college” by broadening their foundational work on the College Quotient – CQ PrepBook. Keepers of the Promise aided in definition of market assessment and viability for the CQ PrepBook which provides weekly activities for Grades 1-5.

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Background/Situation Analysis

On the Road Again is a project of the South Carolina Foster Parent Association which provides donated cars to foster care youth who are at least 18 and not yet 21 years old, actively employed, pursuing a GED or engaged in a post-high school educational program. With adequate transportation, these young people are able pursue their goals of continuing education and employment, allowing for a more successful transition into adulthood.

Killer Bees

The Killer Bees presented a case study on the effects of racial and ethnic diversity as a result of admission criteria used by Buist Academy, a K-8 school located in the Lowcountry. Created in the mid-1980s, as a way to increase diversity in public schools, Buist came under extreme scrutiny by the residents of its District 20 because non-minority students were not granted admission to the academy. The Killer Bees studied Buist Academy's history and relevant legislation in order to investigate admissions procedures at magnet schools.

Know Difference

Members of the Know Difference Team recognized that often good news is overshadowed by the bad news in today’s society. Know Difference decided to promote South Carolina’s good news…already existing, dynamic youth programs that have daily impact and address diversity. Team members reviewed three programs and narrowed their focus to Unite Summerton. Unite Summerton brings together students from two local Summerton schools one public, Scotts Branch, and one private, Clarendon Hall, to celebrate and promote diversity amongst young people.

Laurens: Raider Ready

Raider Ready aims to expound upon our existing ninth grade bridge program. The transition from four small community schools to one large 4A/5A high school is difficult for all students, but particularly for at-risk students. The bridge program currently serves approximately 60 students (fifteen from each school) and is essentially focused around extension activities involving reading and mathematics. The existing bridge program meets Monday-Thursday beginning on June 7 and ending on June 24 from 8 AM until 12 PM daily. Parents provide transportation.

LCV8

LCV8 group members chose to focus on the retention rate of teachers in the Lowcountry with a specific focus on Brentwood Middle School. After examining demographic data on the school, teachers, and students, group members found a disconnect existing between the teacher population and its relationships to both the students and the district administration. LCV8 proposed many changes that should take place in order to reduce the turnover rate among teachers at Brentwood.

Leadership Landscape

The Leadership Landscape Speaker Series is a program designed to bring local leaders with diverse backgrounds, and from a variety of different industries, into public elementary, middle and high schools to talk to students about the path to professional success. Many of the speakers identified for this series will share the characteristic of being distinctive in their respective fields due to their gender, racial, or ethnic background.

Marion: ReCapturing Kids Hearts

Recapturing Kids Hearts, a community action project which will bring together a diverse group of people to impact the lives of some of our students who are in the most need, seeks to provide them with opportunities to be college and/or career ready. The district’s mission is to educate, prepare and inspire all students and this includes students who are at-risk of not being college and/or career ready due to various factors.