Carolina Academy in Lake City wins School of Honor award

December 20, 2018
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Students performed Christmas songs Wednesday, Dec. 19 at The Carolina Academy in Lake City.

LAKE CITY, S.C. – The Carolina Academy in Lake City received the South Carolina Independent School Association School of Honor award Wednesday.

SCISA executive director Spencer A. Jordan attended the school’s Christmas program to speak about the award and present it to headmaster Stevie Phillips and board representative Bobby Castles.

“The South Carolina Independent School Association gives each year our most prestigious service award to a school that exhibits the qualities of academic, integrity, character, devotion and most importantly service,” Jordan said. “Over the last 50 years, Carolina Academy has prided itself each and every year with these outstanding qualities.”

Jordan said SCISA recognizes that for more than 50 years, The Carolina Academy has been an educational leader in lower Florence County and the state and is a shining light among independent schools in South Carolina.

“And under the leadership of Mr. Phillips and the board of directors here, many, many great and wonderful areas have come to past in the last several years; from the growth of the school to the facilities upgrades, to the partnerships, to the Moore Foundation,” Jordan said. “It pales in comparison to many other schools what they’ve been able to accomplish here. And we’re so, so blessed to have this school in this community.”

The Carolina Academy is raising money for a $5 million building project to add on to the school and upgrade its existing buildings. The Darla Moore Foundation has agreed to match funds raised by the school and has already assisted with technology improvements by supplying Chromebooks to students. The projected is expected to be completed in phases over the next several years.

Jordan, a graduate of The Carolina Academy, said the school recently hosted the SCISA Teacher in Head conference in downtown Lake City and was able to spotlight how it has become an educational, academic and fine arts magnet for the state.

“So we are so richly blessed to have them in our membership of schools and so richly blessed that this community has poured out on so many people for all of these years,” Jordan said.

Phillips said everyone at the school, plus the board members, community and the Darla Moore Foundation, all made it possible for The Carolina Academy to receive the School of Honor award. He said SCISA has been a big plus in what the school is trying to accomplish.

“It’s everybody putting all of this in to try and make it happen at the school,” Phillips said. “We’ve grown so much really over the last six or seven years. That’s the kind of support we’re seeing right now. I think that’s why more people are obviously coming here.”

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