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.”

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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.