PSA At A Glance
PSA is a Gifted and Talented Charter School located in North Charleston, South Carolina. Students in grades 6-12 in any SC county are eligible to attend. We have an advanced and rigorous curriculum designed to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of gifted and talented learners. We encourage community involvement. Students are required to complete a minimum of ten service hours per academic school year.
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The Study of Inquiry and Concepts
The curriculum at Palmetto Scholars Academy is designed to meet the needs of the gifted learner. It is inquiry-based and concept centered. Gifted students gain a better understanding of facts when they are presented using a problem-solving approach. They need exposure to more high quality content, conceptual understanding, questioning and research at higher levels of thinking. Below are listed some of the curricular programs that support this philosophy.
The math program used in all grades at PSA is Connected Math.(www.connectedmath.msu.edu/) It is an investigation of mathematical ideas embedded in problem situations. It requires a shift in thinking from the norm that is more demonstration/practice/evaluation to an emphasis on inductive thinking and problem-solving.
Parent Community Association
The PSA Parent and Community Association (PCA) is a volunteer organization which exists to support and enrich the academic and community life of the students at Palmetto Scholars Academy and to aid the faculty, staff and administration of the school in carrying out their work. We do this through sponsoring extra-curricular activities, financially supporting teacher and student requests for small purchases, and coordinating volunteers. We conduct fundraising events to make this possible. Some of our past activities include: kick-off picnic / ice cream social to start the school year, formal dances for the High School kids, pancake breakfasts, bbq dinners, talent show / silent auction. We have purchased equipment for the science classrooms, furniture for the school, sponsored many events (or provided up-front money needed for the event) and keyboards/software for the music program. Read More »
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Palmetto Scholars Academy received an Absolute Rating of “Excellent” and a numerical score of 100 on the 2012, 2013 and 2014 SC School and District Report cards. PSA was one of only seven schools in the tri-county area to score a perfect 100 in 2013.