A 2011 Center for American Progress national study measuring the productivity of every school district in the county rated the Kershaw County School District as Providing a “high return on investment” – the only school district in the Midlands and one of only 12 in the state to earn the report’s highest rating.
All Kershaw County elementary schools achieved Adequate Yearly progress for the first time.
Blaney Elementary teacher Tonya Jackson was chosen as a national finalist for a Presidential Teaching Award in science.
The new Jackson School became the first “LEED Gold” certified school in South Carolina for its environmentally sustainable design.
Doby’s Mill Elementary School was selected as a 2011 “School of Character.”
Nine schools were recognized by the State Department of Education with Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards for having high levels of academic achievement, obtaining high rates of students academic improvement and closing achievement gaps, including Baron DeKalb, Bethune, Blaney, Camden, and Wateree elementary; Stover, Lugoff-Elgin and North Central middles; and Camden High.