Columbia, SC (WLTX) - The South Carolina Department of Education released its first list of Priority Schools this year, and about 27 schools around the Midlands are featured.

The list, which is required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, identifies schools that need additional support and improvement based on the performance of students and individual subgroups.

Any Title 1 or Non-Title 1 school that falls into the bottom 10 percent of all schools statewide is identified as a Priority School. The designation is based on report card performance, and occurs every three years

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Priority Schools are provided with state support, professional development and access to the South Carolina School Improvement Framework and evidence-based interventions. To address any performance deficiencies, Priority Schools are eligible to receive state technical assistant funds.

Priority Schools in the Midlands area include:

  • Wateree Elementary School in Kershaw
  • White Knoll Middle School in Lexington County School District One
  • Congaree Elementary School, Northside Middle School and Cayce Elementary in Lexington District Two
  • Frances Mack Intermediate School, Sandhills Middle and Sandhills Elementary School in Lexington District Four
  • Bethune-Bowman Middle School and Marshall Elementary School in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5
  • St. James-Gaillard Elementary School in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 3
  • Columbia High, Eau Claire High School, Hopkins Middle School and W.J. Keenan High School in Richland County School District One
  • Kelly Mill Middle School and Jackson Creek Elementary in Richland School District Two
  • Irmo Elementary School in School District Five Of Lexington and Richland County
  • Furman Middle School, Cherryvale Elementary School, Crosswell Drive Elementary and Lakewood High in Sumter
  • Lee Central High School and Lee Central Middle School in Lee County School District
  • Manning Jr. High School in Clarendon District 2
  • Clearwater Elementary School and Aiken Middle School in Aiken County Public School District

View a full list of schools here.

Other identifications include Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools, which fall into bottom 5 percent; and Targeted Support and Improvement School, which present low performing and underperforming subgroups.