Charter News

PRESS RELEASE | August 14, 2023

SC Charter Schools Prepare to Celebrate Success & Inspire Change at December 2023 Annual Conference

The Public Charter School Alliance of SC (PCSASC) invites charter school leaders, educators, advocates, and supporters to celebrate success and inspire change at the 23rd Annual S.C. Charter Schools Conference. This year’s event will be held December 6-8 on Hilton Head Island.


MEMORANDUM | July 19, 2022

Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria for the Charter Schools Program 

The U.S. Department of Education published a Notice of Final Priorities, Requirements, Definitions, and Selection Criteria for three components of the Charter School Program (CSP). For more specific details on the rules and how they may impact current and future competitions, see this memo from the Penn Hill Group.


PRESS RELEASE | July 11, 2022 

SC Student Selected by National Alliance as Rising Leaders

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools along with the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina is thrilled to announce the first class of Rising Leaders, a cohort of 10 high school charter students who have earned the opportunity to develop leadership and advocacy skills with training from policy professionals. Palmetto Scholars Academy (PSA) senior, Alayna Crafton, was selected as a part of the inaugural class. 


PRESS RELEASE | February 4, 2022

PCSASC Board of Directors Names Interim Executive Director

The PCSASC Board of Directors is proud to announce Kevin Mason as the Interim Executive Director for the Alliance. For more than two decades, the PCSASC has worked diligently to bring quality school choices through public charter schools in South Carolina. As we move to the next chapter in the organization's leadership, we are confident in upholding our mission to provide high-level support for charter schools, school leaders, board members, and all stakeholders.


PRESS RELEASE | January 28, 2022

PCSASC Executive Director Announces Resignation

With mixed emotions, the Board of Directors announces the resignation of Carol Aust as Executive Director of the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina. Over the past 11 years, the last four as the Executive Director, Carol has been instrumental in many new initiatives for South Carolina’s charter schools. Her dedication and passion for bringing quality school choices through innovative charter schools will leave a permanent legacy on our state’s charter community.

PRESS RELEASE | May 9-15, 2021

SC Principal Recognized By National Alliance During Charter Schools Week

As a part of Charter School Week (May 9-15), the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools is recognizing young educational leaders who use their talents and platforms to advance educational opportunities. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first charter school law, which changed the future of public education and student success forever. 



2021 Hospitality-Tourism Education Scholarship

Visit York County will award an educational scholarship valued at $2,000 to the top candidate as determined by a panel of hospitality and tourism leaders. The scholarship recipient will be notified during National Travel & Tourism Week, May 2-8, 2021.


PRESS RELEASE | April 3, 2021

Virtus Academy Selects New School Principal

Florence, SC - The Virtus Academy Board of Directors is excited to share Shemekia L. Nero as the charter school's new principal. Ms. Nero brings a collaborative leadership style that will empower educators to create meaningful relationships with students and families. She currently serves as the assistant principal at South Florence High School and will take over the role on July 1, 2021.


 PRESS RELEASE | March 31, 2021

Odyssey Online Learning Names New Executive Director

Chapin, SC - The Board of Directors at Odyssey Online Learning is pleased to announce Ashley Owings as the school's new Executive Director. Owings has served as the school’s Interim Director since July and will immediately move into the job permanently. She brings more than a dozen years of educational experience to the position.


PRESS RELEASE | March 5, 2021

Horse Creek Academy Closes on Deal to Help Expand Current Campus 

AIKEN, SC: With great excitement, Horse Creek Academy, a free public charter school, announces they have finalized a plan to expand their existing campus. Horse Creek Academy is using a $17.195 million bond issue through the SC Jobs-Economic Development Authority to finance the construction of a new upper school facility. On Thursday, March 4, 2021, the school, acting through its Board of Directors, closed on the deal. 


PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 26, 2021 

Riverwalk Academy Finalizes Deal to Purchase Facility and Surrounding Land

Rock Hill, SC – Riverwalk Academy, a public charter school, is excited to announce that the school has finalized a deal to purchase its current facility and the surrounding land. On Friday, February 26, 2021, Riverwalk Academy, acting through its Board of Directors, closed on the issuance of South Carolina Jobs Economic Development Authority Educational Facilities Revenue Bonds in the amount of $13,465,000.00. The transaction allows Riverwalk Academy to acquire the 37,000 sq ft main building and the surrounding 20.5 acres of land which is located at 5750 Mt. Gallant Road, Rock Hill, SC.