DARLINGTON, S.C. – Darlington High School is now a member of a growing group of schools accepted into TransformSC’s network of innovative institutions.
TransformSC, an education initiative of the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness, is a collaboration of business leaders, educators, students, parents and policy makers transforming the public education system so that every student graduates prepared for careers, college and citizenship. TransformSC schools and districts are designing, launching, promoting and proving transformative practices in the classroom.
TransformSC announced Tuesday that Darlington High School, along with 10 other schools, joined the network.
“We are proud of Darlington High School’s hard work and accomplishments,” said Dr. Eddie Ingram, Darlington County School District superintendent. “It is an important breakthrough for not only Darlington County School District but also for the Pee Dee, an area underrepresented in the TransformSC initiative. We look forward to adding more schools in the near future.”
Dr. Greg Harrison, principal of Darlington High School, said his school is eager to take advantage of membership in TransformSC.
“We are excited to join this transformational group of educators and business leaders as we shift our educational practices to best prepare our students for a 21st century world,” Harrison said. “We look forward to sharing and learning from others around our state who share this vision.”
The new TransformSC schools include Darlington High School, Sandhills Middle School, Westwood High School, Spring Valley High School, Blythewood High School, Meadow Glen Middle School, Ridge View High School, Richland Northeast High School, Frances Mack Intermediate School, Sandhills Elementary School and Swansea High School.
To be accepted into the TransformSC network, the schools submitted a three-year innovation plan that is evaluated and approved by TransformSC’s Action Team Chairs and staff.
TransformSC schools commit to create a culture of innovation in their schools and to implement some combination of TransformSC’s four innovative practices: project-based learning, blended learning, continuous assessment and competency-based progression, in order to transform learning and teaching for every student and every teacher in every classroom every day.
TransformSC schools receive a variety of supports and opportunities through participation in the network, including access to national experts, mentorship opportunities with other innovative schools and assistance with the implementation of innovation plans.
Schools at all levels and stages of development are encouraged to apply for inclusion to the TransformSC network.
Currently, there are 51 schools from 19 districts, as well as three entire districts in the TransformSC network. For more information, visit www.sccompetes.org/transformsc.