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NEWS | Oct. 24, 2012

Jay Thomas to present curriculum developed for Palmetto Scholars Academy

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Dr. Jay Thomas, Palmetto Scholars Academy curriculum consultant, will present the middle and high school curriculum developed specifically for PSA, as well as an overview of the importance of gifted and talented education Nov. 1, 2012 at 7 p.m., at the Navy Yard, Noisette (2415 Avenue F., North Charleston, S.C.)

Thomas is an Associate Professor of Education at Aurora University, having earned his Doctorate of Education at North Illinois University, and is the Immediate Past President of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics and Science and Technology. Thomas served as a research specialist at the renowned Illinois Math and Science Academy from 1991 to 2003. Also presenting will be Joseph Prieto, retired IMSA College Admissions Counselor, who is assisting PSA in developing its college admissions and guidance program.

PSA is a tuition-free South Carolina Public Charter School for gifted and talented students in the sixth through tenth grades and is open to students from any county or school district in the state. Palmetto Scholars Academy will be adding a higher grade each year, and will ultimately be a combined middle and high school for gifted and talented students.

Palmetto Scholars Academy's mission is to 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 to the elevation of South Carolina in the areas of education, commerce, arts and science.

"Palmetto Scholars Academy is South Carolina's only charter school for gifted and talented students," said Christopher Gerry, 628th Force Support Squadron school liaison officer.

All children living in the state of South Carolina, including military families attached to Joint Base Charleston, are eligible to enroll, according to Gerry. PSA currently has openings this year, and will begin accepting applications for the 2012-2013 school year after the first of the year. They do not provide transportation, and are located on the old Navy Base in North Charleston.

For more information, visit or call 843-300-4118.

(Information was taken from an Oct. 8, 2012 Palmetto Scholars Academy press release.)