PSA offers an advanced, rigorous curriculum that is designed to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of gifted and talented learners. You can find out more information about our curriculum here.
Palmetto Scholars Academy follows the same academic calendar that the Charleston County School District uses. This means that when CCSD schools are on break, PSA is on break as well. The same policy applies for weather-related delays and cancellations.
Schedules for students vary depending on the grade level of your student(s). For example, seniors at PSA will be part-time students at the College of Charleston taking approved DUAL credit courses. The classes taken at CofC are semester-based. Meanwhile, classes at PSA for seniors will be year-long. For the other grades, students will take a combination of semester and year-long courses.
Nationally, it is estimated that 3 million, or 6 percent of K-12 students are academically gifted. In Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester 2 and Dorchester 4 School Districts, there are 4,063 state-identified gifted students in grades 6, 7 and 8.
Gifted students are those who give evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who need services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.