Reason & Republic’s Belton Preparatory Academy Students Honored at Anderson County Council Meeting for Outstanding Achievement on SC READY Standardized Test


ANDERSON, S.C.— The students, teachers, and leaders from Reason & Republic’s Belton Preparatory Academy (BPA) were honored Tuesday evening by the Anderson County Council for their outstanding results on the South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Assessments (SC READY) administered during the 2021-2022 school year.  Based on the recently released standardized test scores, BPA is the #1 Charter School in the state of South Carolina, the #1 Title I School in the state for the second school year in a row, and the #1 Elementary school in Anderson County.

Belton Preparatory Academy Leaders and Students Recognized for Outstanding SC READY Results

“I founded Belton Prep on the belief that all students, no matter their background, family income or zip code, can achieve academic success if given the freedom and opportunity to learn in an environment that fits their unique needs,” said James Galyean, CEO of Reason & Republic, the education management organization that founded BPA.  “We stay laser focused on what works for our students, and these results speak for themselves. I couldn’t be prouder of them, our teachers and our school leaders for this incredible achievement.”

Breaking down the SC READY results by subject area, students at BPA ranked #2 in the state in Math and #6 in the state for English Language Acquisition when compared to all of their peers across South Carolina public schools.

Anderson County District 7 Councilwoman Cindy Wilson presented a Resolution commemorating this achievement to Galyean and BPA’s Executive Director Deirdre McCullough.

BPA was founded in 2018 and has a strong track record of achievement.  In February, BPA was awarded The Charter Institute at Erskine’s Diamond School of Excellence Award for scoring in the top 10% of all South Carolina Department of Education Schools in Math and English Language Acquisition (ELA) and topping the charts as the highest-performing Title I school in the state of South Carolina during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Galyean founded Reason & Republic in 2017 and the organization currently manages Belton Preparatory Academy, Summit Classical School, and the South Carolina Preparatory Academy—South Carolina’s first online classical public charter school.