Dorchester School District Four Awarded District Accreditation
Dorchester School District Four was granted District Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the honor. This means that the district and all of its schools are accredited, and that Dorchester School District Four is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.
The accreditation process involves three ongoing components: (1) meeting high quality standards; (2) implementing a continuous process of improvement; and (3) engaging in quality assurance through internal and external review. The district's accreditation is a five-year term with regular monitoring of progress and reporting occurring during the term.
District Accreditation, as conferred by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, provides Dorchester School District Four a nationally-recognized mark of quality for the district and all of its schools.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President and CEO of AdvancED stated, "District Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school system on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. Dorchester School District Four is to be commended for engaging in the process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement."
For more information, please contact Dr. Gwendolyn Bright at (843) 563-5915 or Rhonda Robinson at (843) 563-5923.
Dorchester School District Four's operating hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Thursday , and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Fridays.
Dorchester Four Schools Receive Recognition from the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program
The South Carolina Department of Education has announced the recipients of the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for the 2011-2012 school year using criteria by the Education Oversight Committee. In Dorchester School District Four, Harleyville-Ridgeville Elementary, Williams Memorial Elementary, and Clay Hill Middle each received a Silver Award in the area of Academic Improvement. Woodland High School was recognized with an award for Closing the Achievement Gap.
Schools qualify for a Silver Award if the school's absolute performance rating is above "School At Risk" for the most recent year, and its growth index is 92.20 or greater for three consecutive years. A total of 312 schools qualify a Silver Award based on this particular criterion. Established by the Education Accountability Act of 1998, the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program gives recognition to schools for high levels of academic achievement and high rates of improvement.
The Education Oversight Committee establishes the criteria for the awards, and the State Department of Education then applies those criteria to determine which schools are honored.