The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program reflects the growing statewide effort to improve education in South Carolina and responds to the needs of students possessing unique abilities. The purpose of the program is to identify students and provide opportunities that will facilitate their intellectual growth, broaden their individual interests, and promote their scholastic achievement
The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program was developed by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) during the 1985-86 school year to identify eighth grade students with exceptional academic talent and to develop strategies for inclusion into special programs. The program includes a process for screening a potential talent pool of students, identifying and recognizing those students with exceptionally high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability, and sponsoring summer opportunities in collaboration with participating South Carolina colleges and universities.
In eighth grade, qualifying students (those scoring 95% or higher on seventh grade standardized tests in one or more subject areas) are invited to take the PSAT. Students who scored 550 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing or 530 or higher on the Math portion of the PSAT/NMSQT are recognized as South Carolina Junior Scholars.
This year New Covenant is blessed to have Rachel Lopez receive this honor! Congratulations to Rachel and her family!
Each year the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) recognizes academically gifted students in grades 4-7. The program, begun in 1980 with help from the Duke Endowment, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.
Students qualify for the 4th–6th Grade Talent Search by achieving a score in the 95th percentile on a qualifying exam (Stanford Achievement Test at NCS). Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test.
Each year, NCS recognizes our students that have met the requirements to become Duke TIP Scholars. This year we are pleased to announce that the following students have been named as Duke TIP Scholars:
Our New Covenant Varsity Boys Basketball team, along with Coach Patrick Miller and parents, were invited to the South Carolina State House on April 27th to be recognized for their recent state championship.
The team traveled to Columbia to be commended for winning the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools (SCACS) 1A State Championship in February. The team was escorted into the House chambers where they lined up in front of the chambers. Representative Anne Thayer called attention to New Covenant’s team as a unique team for winning this award due to the newness of the athletic program.
She also honored the New Covenant Varsity Girls team for taking second place in their state championship.
Mrs. Thayer spoke of the team’s drive, determination, and tremendous success this season. Both Stuart Marshburn and Reese Miller were recognized for being named to the State All Star Team. Coach Patrick Miller and assistant coaches were honored for capitalizing on their own athletic ability and training to build an award winning team. The South Carolina House of Representatives awarded a certificate to New Covenant for an extraordinary season. Representative Thayer thanked the parents and others who supported the team by traveling to practices and games. The gentlemen were able to shake hands with the members of the House as they exited.
Afterward the team was escorted to the stairs of the State House where Lieutenant Governor Kevin Bryant greeted them and shared about the current events going on that day. He described the responsibilities as Lieutenant Governor and reminded the boys that those at the State House work for the voters. He invited them to come spend the day and communicated his desire to be available for those he is serving. The Lieutenant Governor congratulated the team and took pictures with them as well.
The New Covenant Varsity Boys Team was excited and honored to be recognized in this way. It was a special privilege and a reward after all their hard work and tremendous season! Congrats Coach Miller and boys!
Adding an Honor Society such as Beta Club or the National Honor Society has long been a desire of many at New Covenant School. This school year, we have had the privilege of opening our own chapter of the American Christian Honor Society (ACHS). As members of South Caroline Association of Christian Schools (SCACS), New Covenant School is also a member of the American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) which sponsors the ACHS.
The American Christian Honor Society (ACHS) was founded by the AACS in 1979 to honor qualified high school students in member schools and to be uniquely Christian in its emphasis. The American Christian Honor Society seeks to:
Advance Christian Scholarship
Challenge Christian Leadership
Honor Christian Character
Stimulate Christian Service
On April 7, 2017, we were excited to induct our charter members into the New Covenant School chapter of the American Christian Honor Society. Congratulations to our charter members!