Achievements

2015-2016 Highlights

SCGSAH excels in the classroom and the arts.

  • The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (SCGSAH) again ranks 3rd in the state for 2015 SAT scores, holding steady with average scores from last year.

  • SCGSAH is one of the 15 South Carolina schools to be named to The Washington Post's most recent list of American's Most Challenging High Schools.

  •  For the seventh consecutive year, the school earned an overall rating of “Excellent” on the State of South Carolina’s Annual School Report Card, released by the state’s Department of Education.

  • U.S. News and World Report ranks SCGSAH 87 in the top 100 Best High Schools in the nation and 2nd in the state.

 

Academic achievements mirror artistic achievements.

  • Nineteen students competed in seventeen projects at the National History Day State Contest held at Westwood High School in Blythewood, SC. Seven students placed in their respective categories, with one student placing 1st, four students placing 2nd, and two placing 3rd.

 

Students in every art area are recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for their outstanding talent.

  • Five vocal students were recognized at the National Association of Teachers of Singing at Winthrop University in various Musical Theatre categories. All five students advanced to the Mid-Atlantic Regional competition in March in Charleston, SC.

  • Five piano students were recognized at the Third Annual Junior Artist Piano Competition. The students received first, second, and third prize and two honorable mentions.

  • Three students from Drama, Creative Writing, and Dance were chosen as YoungArts Finalists and were invited to perform live before a worldwide audience at the 35th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami.

  • Creative writing students participated in the 2016 Southeast Region-at-Large Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, earning multiple awards in each of the competition's three levels of recognition: Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention. The students continued a long running tradition of excellence, winning 146 awards, including 62 Gold Keys, the competition’s top honor, along with 45 Silver Keys and 39 Honorable Mentions. The Creative Writing department, in additional to recognition for individual works, were awarded four Gold Keys for submitted bodies of work in the portfolio category.

  • Visual Art students participated in the 2016 Southeast Region-at-Large Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, earning multiple awards in each of the competition's three levels of recognition: Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention. The students won 5 Gold Keys, 13 Silver Keys and 22 Honorable Mentions for a total of 40 awards. Visual Arts students were not only recognized for individual works, but also achieved recognition for submitted bodies of work in the Art Portfolio category with a total of 1 Silver Key and 2 Honorable Mentions.

  • A Creative Writing student won the creative non-fiction category in The Quaker High School Creative Writing Contest, sponsored by Malone University. They received $300 and their work will appear in the spring issue of The Quaker, Malone's literary magazine.

  • Thirteen Music students were selected to participate in this year's All State Band Clinic at Furman University. Two Music students were selected to participate in this year's All State Jazz Band Clinic at Newberry College. Fourteen Music students were selected to participate in this year's Region Band Clinics held at five locations across the state, based on the student's hometown.

SCGSAH expands it's commitment to arts education throughout South Carolina and the nation.

  • Former SCGSAH president Dr. Bruce Halverson was bestowed the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Nikki R. Haley. The highest civilian honor awarded to citizens of South Carolina, the award recognized Dr. Halverson’s eight years “as a staunch advocate for arts education at the state and national level,” according to the letter from the Governor read by Senator Ross Turner at the event.

  • SCGSAH was awarded a grant by the South Carolina Arts Commission for the 2016 fiscal year. This support will allow the organization to fund arts-based professional development for the faculty and staff.

  • Choral, Conducting and Music Theory teacher Dr. David Rhyne was awarded the National Artist Teacher Fellowship, a $5,500 Fellowship by the Center for Arts in Education at the Boston Arts Academy.

  • SCGSAH has once again been designated an "Exemplary School" for 2015-2017 by the Arts School Network.