In 2008 a South Carolina parent named Ellen Ray had a daughter, named Alina, who was struggling at her local high school. Alina enrolled in a mastery-based virtual school where she began courses anytime of the year, progressed through those courses at a pace she was comfortable with – but not until she demonstrated mastery of each lesson in each course. Mastery-based learning isn't about short term memorization and multiple choices exams, it is about an authentic personalized learning experience that builds self-confidence in all students.
Alina graduated in 2009. From there, Ellen was inspired to open a mastery-based virtual high school. SCWS was granted a charter by the South Carolina Public Charter School District and was opened in 2011. Since 2011, over 500 at-risk students have graduated from SCWS. The vast majority of those students were not on track towards graduation prior to enrolling at SCWS.
SCWS is a great fit for many students. Perhaps you are an accelerated student and wish to graduate early, or you need more time to find academic success. Perhaps you need a flexible school schedule to chase other dreams. Being a virtual school, SCWS can offer a unique learning environment for our students.