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JICHS earns title of National Banner Unified Champion School

JICHS UnifiedJames Island Charter High School (JICHS) recently earned the distinguished title of "National Banner Unified Champion School" by the Special Olympics, showcasing its dedication to fostering inclusion through the fulfillment of 10 standards of excellence.

As the first “National Banner” high school in Charleston County School District (CCSD), JICHS is a model school of inclusivity. The school has distinguished itself as one of only three high schools across South Carolina to achieve this prestigious recognition. This accomplishment places JICHS among just two percent of Unified Champion Schools nationwide.

The evidence submitted demonstrated adherence to rigorous standards of inclusive excellence which was assessed by a coalition of leaders from Special Olympics. These standards encompass a variety of schoolwide initiatives, including unified sports, inclusive youth leadership, whole-school engagement, and sustainability.

“James Island Charter High School staff and students have cultivated a culture of genuine acceptance and inclusion throughout the entire school community,” said Barry Coats, President, and CEO of Special Olympics South Carolina. “The school's concerted efforts have laid the groundwork for advancing our collective mission of nurturing a 'Unified Generation' of young individuals who embrace diversity and champion real social progress.”

The official recognition ceremony took place on February 23, 2024, marking a significant milestone for JICHS. In this celebratory event, leaders from the school community commemorated their achievements and reaffirmed their commitment to fostering an environment of inclusion, unity, and acceptance.