2016-2017 Highlights

SCGSAH excels in the classroom and the arts.

  • Ranked among the 15 South Carolina schools in The Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.
  • The 2016 graduating class of 108 students earned more than $28 million in scholarships.
  •  SAT/ACT scores are consistently among the highest in the state.


Academic achievements mirror artistic achievements.

    • Forty students inducted into the National Honor Society.
    • Three Palmetto Boys State Delegates.
    • Three Palmetto Girls State Delegates.
    • One National Merit Finalist; one National Merit Program Commended Student; 
one National Merit Scholarship Recognized Student. 


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

    • Three students from Drama and Creative Writing were chosen as YoungArts Finalists and were invited to perform live before a worldwide audience at the 35th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami. For the first time, a Dance student placed with an honorable mention.

    • Fourteen Drama seniors attended the United Theatre Auditions in Chicago, with all students receiving offers from the nation’s top conservatory and college theatre programs.

    • Visual Arts students won 5 Gold Keys, 13 Silver Keys, and 22 Honorable Mentions at the Southeast Region-at Large level of the Scholastic Art Awards competition. They also achieved recognition for submitted bodies of work in the Art Portfolio category with a total of 1 Silver Key and 2 Honorable Mentions.

    • Creative Writing students won 62 Gold Keys, 45 Silver Keys, and 39 Honorable Mentions at the Southeast Writing Region-At-Large Scholastic Art Awards Competition. They also achieved recognition for submitted bodies of work in the Writing Portfolio category with a total of 4 Gold Keys. Scholastic hosts the nation’s longest running and most prestigious national arts competition.

    • Four Music students competed in the Music Teachers National Association National Competition in Texas, and one was named the second place winner.

    • A Music student was named the first place winner of the 2016 National Student Auditions, held by the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Chicago.

    • Dance students attended the High School Dance Festival at Point Park University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. The senior class was recruited by more than 45 university departments and 7 dance companies across the United States and abroad. They were offered scholarships to attend up to 20 reputable summer dance intensives. 


    SCGSAH expands its 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.