Many people consider Rock Hill schools to be some of the best in the Carolinas, but now they are starting to receive national recognition for their excellence. Saluda Trail Middle School was just honored with the top 21st century learning award by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21)
P21 award winning schools are selected through a comprehensive and rigorous application process, then are evaluated for educational excellence and advanced learning implementation.
The school has been dedicated to focusing on direct instruction and “teaching to the test,” classes, as opposed to traditional text book focused agendas. They also emphasize collaboration, group work, projects and using skills to solve real-world problems.
The methodology at Saluda Trail is different because the emphasis is on students taking charge of their own learning, while teachers are there as supporters and facilitators.
The award will be presented on a national stage in Washington, D.C., in the spring, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills will do a case study on Saluda Trail to showcase its successes.