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August 18, 2010

CCSD Goes Back To School

First Day of School 2010First Day of School 2010On Wednesday, August 18, Charleston County School District (CCSD) programs and schools opened their doors for the 2010-2011 school year.

For the second year in a row, first day enrollment in the district’s specialized programs and 79 schools increased by over 500 students from the previous year! These attendance results- which exclude Child Development students who begin their programs during the week of August 23- indicate that more families are choosing to “Go Public!” and to access CCSD’s diverse portfolio of options.

As the new school year begins, CCSD schools and students are continuing to make progress.  Nearly half of all of the district’s students attend “Excellent” rated schools, compared to only one-fifth of students statewide. The number of CCSD schools making Adequate Yearly Progress (“AYP”) has increased dramatically in recent years—from 21 in 2008 to 51 in 2010.

First Day of School 2010For the second straight year, in every single subject and grade tested by the PASS test—the state’s annual assessment of third-through-eighth graders—CCSD students earned higher “Exemplary” marks than their state peers.

Acknowledging that there is work to be done, CCSD will continue to implement its Charleston Achieving Excellence plan, focusing on the following four strategic priorities proven to generate results for students:

  • First Day of School 2010Effective Teaching and Leadership.  There’s nothing more important to student achievement than an effective teacher, and great schools—which recruit, develop, and keep effective teachers—have great principals.
  • Literacy Improvement.  This year, CCSD is launching its bold new literacy program “Accelerated Literacy Pathways.”  First-, Third-, and Sixth-Grade Academies will fast-track reading and writing achievement by bringing proven interventions and extra supports to students who need them the most.
  • First Day of School 2010World-Class Schools and Systems.  The 2005-2010 capital program has transformed the county with the building of 17 new or completely renovated schools over the last five years.  The program has modernized classrooms and given teachers and students the high-tech tools they need to succeed in a high-tech world.  It has pumped a half-billion dollars into the local economy.  Six brand-new schools opened on August 18, offering the kinds of state-of-the-art amenities that CCSD students, teachers, and familiesdeserve.
  • First Day of School 2010Strategic Partnerships.  The people of Charleston County understand that a strong public education system equals a strong economy and bright future.  Collaborations with business, community, and faith-based groups are critical to the success of our students and schools.

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