Mayo named Palmetto Finest
COLUMBIA – Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology in Darlington was one of five schools named the 2018 Palmetto’s Finest Schools. The other four are:
Batesburg-Leesville Elementary, Lexington District Three
Joseph R. Pye Elementary in Ladson, Dorchester District Two
Chapin Middle in Chapin, Lexington-Richland District Five
Chapman High in Inman, Spartanburg District One
About 1,000 excited teachers, school supporters and education leaders gathered in their respective schools on March 20, to learn which schools would take the top honors. The schools had progressed through an intensive application process requiring self-evaluation, peer review and two on-site examinations.
Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology (Principal, Arlene Wallace) serves 286 students in grades 9-12, and is a nationally-ranked, countywide public magnet secondary school. They exemplify excellence and motivate students to reach their highest potential by combining strong academics with a STEAM focus in math, science, and technologies with enhanced humanities courses, supplemented with study groups and life skills sessions. Mayo’s test scores are above state and national averages, and boast a 100% graduation rate, with 97% of alumni matriculating to a post-secondary institution, while accruing more than $8-12 million in scholarships on average.
“The Palmetto’s Finest award winners are models of innovation throughout our state,” said SCASA’s Beth Phibbs. “They set the standard of excellence by creating an outstanding school culture which includes setting high expectations and providing opportunities for personalized learning.”