Reason & Republic Names Longtime Educator and School Leader Dr. Kelly Griffis as Interim Executive Director for SC Prep

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Anderson, SC—Reason & Republic announced today it has selected longtime educator and school leader Kelly Griffis as interim Executive Director of South Carolina Preparatory Academy.  Griffis was elevated from her current position as Director of Special Education.

“There’s no better choice than Dr. Griffis to lead SC Prep right now as we conclude our first school year and head into 2022-2023,” said James Galyean, the CEO of Reason & Republic. “She came to us with a stellar track record as a leader and a demonstrated ability to positively impact student achievement."

Griffis started her career in education in 1999 as a teacher and quickly moved through the ranks to hold several school and district-wide leadership positions over the course of the last two decades. She says joining the team at SC Prep was the perfect next step in her educational career because the philosophy and approach to learning aligns well with her values as an educator.

“Education is truly an extension of the family and the virtual model at SC Prep allows for parents to really be involved in the educational process,” said Griffis.  “The students love it because they are free to learn and explore at their own pace, and there is so much that can be done to enhance a student’s educational experience when they attend a virtual program.  I’m looking forward to helping shape that experience and grow our virtual charter school community.”

Prior to being selected as SC Prep's interim executive director, Griffis was head of the school’s Special Education Program, provided professional development for teachers and managed the school’s compliance with the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  From 2019 to 2021 Griffis participated in the School Improvement Team at Northside Elementary School where she spearheaded the effort to improve student performance and designed, planned and implemented a special education mentoring program. Prior to that experience Griffis served as a Program Coordinator for Anderson County School District 3.

Griffis has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University and a Master of Arts in Special Education from the same school.

SC Prep launched during the 2021-2022 school year as South Carolina’s first online, classical academy.  It is currently enrolling students in 6th through 12th grade for the 2022-2023 school year.  To learn more, visit www.myscprep.org.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Reason & Republic’s Belton Preparatory Academy Students Achieve Top Academic Rankings During Global Pandemic

ANDERSON, S.C.— Reason & Republic announced today one of its charter schools, Belton Preparatory Academy, received the Diamond School of Excellence Award from the Charter Institute at Erskine after its students scored in the top 10% of all South Carolina Department of Education Schools in Math and English Language Acquisition (ELA) and topped the charts as the highest-performing Title I school in the state of South Carolina during the 2020-2021 academic year.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our students at Belton Prep,” said James Galyean, CEO of Reason & Republic.  “COVID disrupted the lives of every single student across the country, yet in the face of unprecedented adversity, and thanks to the tremendous teachers and leaders at Belton Prep, our students were able to stay laser focused on learning.  That commitment has clearly paid off and is a testament to the collaborative and innovative learning environment we’ve built at Belton Prep.”

Schools earn the Diamond School of Excellence Award based on the students’ academic performance on the South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY). Impressively, Belton Prep students ranked #1 in the state amongst all of their Title I school peers in Math and ELA. Out of 666 overall schools that took the test, Belton Prep students ranked 6th in Math and 11th in ELA.

“This achievement really shines a light on the resiliency and dedication of our students, teachers and parents at Belton Prep,” said Deirdre McCullough, Executive Director of Belton Preparatory Academy.  “When we opened in 2018, our goal as a team was to provide an academically rigorous setting where students, no matter their background or their parents’ income could learn, succeed and achieve.  And, even in the midst of a pandemic, we’ve done just that.”

Reason & Republic launched Belton Preparatory Academy in 2018 as South Carolina’s first classical public charter school.  When it opened, Belton Prep originally served students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade but has expanded each year.  It now enrolls students in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

“Belton Preparatory Academy is an example of what can be accomplished when a school commits itself to the goal of academic excellence and refuses to waiver in that commitment even in the face of great challenges,” said Cameron Runyan, CEO and Superintendent of the Charter Institute at Erskine. “The leadership at this school has inculcated a culture where staff, parents, and students hold themselves to the highest standards of excellence.”

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.

Reason & Republic’s Summit Classical School Outperforms District Counterparts in Math and Language Arts, Ranks Top 25% Statewide

CLINTON, S.C.— Reason & Republic announced last week that Summit Classical School’s students ranked number one in the Laurens County School District and in the top 25% in the state in Math and English Language Acquisition (ELA).  Because of this outstanding academic achievement, Summit Classic School has been named one of the Charter Institute at Erskine’s Gold Schools of Excellence.

Schools earn the award based on the students’ academic performance on the South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) during the 2020-2021 academic year.

“This is an incredible accomplishment that every student, parent, and teacher at Summit should be extremely proud of,” said Galyean.  “I founded Reason & Republic to give students in South Carolina the opportunity to learn in new and creative ways. When students find the right fit for their education, the sky is the limit, which has certainly proven to be true at Summit.”

Summit Classical School opened in Clinton in 2019 using a classical education model. Like Reason & Republic’s other charter schools that have embraced classical education, the early years of school are spent absorbing facts, systematically laying the foundations for advanced study. In the middle grades, students learn to think through arguments. In the high school years, they learn to express themselves.

“We are just over-the-moon,” said Mary-Greene Thomasson, school leader at Summit Classical School. “I’m so proud of our students and so proud of our faculty.  Last school year was hard on everyone.  But our teachers stayed focused on our students and our students stayed focused on learning, and that really paid off.”

To learn more about Summit Classical School, please visit: https://summitclassicalschool.com/

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.