Belton Preparatory Academy Achieves Top Elementary Academic Performance Rankings in South Carolina

BELTON, SC, October 8, 2021—Belton Preparatory Academy outperformed statewide achievement rates for Math, English/Language Arts, and Science for the 2020-2021 academic year. Despite being a Title I school and facing the educational challenges due to COVID, BPA ranked in the top 1% for math, top 2% for ELA, and top 10% for science among all elementary schools in the state, according to the 2020-2021 South Carolina Department of Education’s Annual School and District Report Card.

“Since its inception in 2018, BPA’s goal has been to become a premier school in South Carolina,” stated Deirdre McCullough, Executive Director of Belton Preparatory Academy. “With a laser focus on data-driven instruction and standard mastery, our students hit the mark their first year of testing, outperforming the state averages in math by 39.7 %, ELA by 35.8%, and science by 25.1%.” BPA had 83.9% of students meeting or exceeding SC Ready standards in math, ranking it 6th among SC elementary schools. In ELA, 78.4% met or exceeded SC Ready standards, placing the school 11th among 667 SC elementary schools. Based upon these scores, Belton Preparatory Academy is the top-performing Title I elementary school in South Carolina.

“Our SC Report Card scores reflect the commitment, dedication, and hard work of our students, faculty, staff, and parents. It was a team effort, a family affair,” stated McCullough. “Our unrelenting focus on academic excellence and character development throughout the school is delivering impressive educational results, and we’re extremely proud of what we’ve accomplished together.”

Belton Preparatory Academy is South Carolina’s first classical public charter school. The Belton, SC school educates students in K-5th grade using Eureka Math and Core Knowledge Classical Curriculum. Its mission is to prepare its students to compete with integrity at the highest levels with a firm grounding in free economic theory and entrepreneurship.

Reason & Republic is an Education Management Organization, which began launching and operating charter schools in 2017. It currently manages Belton Preparatory Academy, Summit Classical School, and the South Carolina Preparatory Academy, South Carolina’s first online classical public charter school. The Charter Institute at Erskine, whose mission is to certify high-quality charter schools that elevate educational opportunities through innovation and creativity, authorizes all Reason & Republic schools.

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