J.C. Lynch Elementary in Coward identified for improvement assistance

January 17, 2019 GMT

LAKE CITY, S.C. – J.C. Lynch Elementary School in Coward is one of five schools designated as a Targeted Support and Improvement school by the South Carolina Department of Education this year.

According to the state department of education, Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) schools are defined as Title I schools with one of more subgroup of students performing at or below the fifth percentile of all Title I schools in the state. TSI schools are identified every three years.

Every school receives an overall designation on the South Carolina Report Card and a designation for each accountability indicator based on student performance and the performance of individual subgroups, according to the state.


Pinehurst Elementary in the Charleston County School District, Eugene Sires Elementary in Dorchester School District 2, Loris High School in Horry County Schools and Orangeburg Wilkinson High in Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 have also been designated as TSI schools.

Florence County School District Three Superintendent Laura Hickson said J.C. Lynch Elementary was identified as a TSI school because of a large achievement gap. One of the school’s subgroups, the English language learners population, has scored low, she said.

There are more than 20 students at J.C. Lynch Elementary whose first spoken language was something other than English, according to Hickson.

An English language learner teacher has been assigned to J.C. Lynch Elementary because of the subgroup. Another English language learner teacher is serving the other schools in the district.

“And we’re just targeting them and giving them some specific intervention,” Hickson said. “And another thing that the new principal there – she has an after-school program going to work with the subgroups that are not meeting standard. So she has that going as well.”

Hickson said District Three is constantly analyzing data and making instructional decisions based on data but it is “all about continuous improvement.”

The principal at J.C. Lynch Elementary, Angela Tanner, is also doing the preplanning of a Montessori program that will start at the school in August, Hickson said.

“And we’re going to start with grades 3K, 4K and 5K because we all know if we can give students a strong foundation, then they’re going to be better prepared as they move into the upper grades,” she said.

Each TSI school will receive federal school improvement funds and technical assistance and support through professional development from relevant department of education offices, according to information provided by the South Carolina Department of Education.