The PSA curriculum is intentionally designed based upon several considerations:

  • Ensuring curriculum meets the needs of a gifted and talented student body;
  • Offering an array of courses that invite inquiry into intellectual and pre-professional pursuits that extend beyond the PSA experience;
  • Providing courses that are “beyond AP” in the approach to content;
  • Satisfying the graduation requirements of public high schools in South Carolina;
  • Offering courses providing students experiences in preparation for the rigor of college.

The PSA high school curriculum builds upon the foundational middle school experiences and creates a coherent academic program that prepares students broadly and deeply in core subjects as well as allows students to explore, conduct research, and produce original works in areas of interest. Students also cultivate interdisciplinary knowledge, integrating course content across various disciplines (e.g., other mathematics, sciences, music, architecture, visual arts) and contexts (e.g., religious, ethical, political, legal, and social).

In developing the PSA school curriculum, the PSA faculty, staff, and leadership work collaboratively to design and continuously improve the seven year learning experience.

The PSA Difference

How we are different
Palmetto Scholars Academy (PSA) will provide a differentiated program designed to meet the educational needs of intellectually gifted learners, address their distinctive social and emotional needs, promote individual character development and instill a life-long love of learning. Our students will engage with leading innovative organizations in higher education, business, and science, to empower them to make original and impactful contributions toward the elevation of South Carolina in the areas of education, commerce, arts, and science.