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ABC Certification

Congratulations North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School! We have been re-certified as an ABC Certified School. Thank you to Ms. Anna Reid for leading our school through this process!
Designation of ABC School is achieved through a rigorous certification process. “Being certified as an ABC School means your school is ready and willing to serve as a model for others across the state and across the nation,” said Director Wilson. “ABC Schools know the ‘why’ to their often unconventional and courageous choices. They can provide the pedagogical rationale, evidence and data to support those choices, and models of practice to clearly communicate the benefits of the arts to others.”
All ABC Schools must have an approved five-year arts education strategic plan. Such commitments require grant-writing, creative partnerships, and specialized professional development. According to Dr. Kim Wilson, ABC Institute Director, “ABC Certified Schools believe that the arts are an essential component in the basic curriculum and are central to student development. Each school is unique but all understand how to make meaningful connections to art in all aspects of life and learning, understand how an arts-rich environment inspires creativity, and the role the arts play in defining our students’ diverse cultures but defining a schools’ inclusive culture.”
ABC Advancement grants provided by the South Carolina Arts Commission are eligible by ABC Certified Schools in order to support schools committed to implementing standards-based art curricula and to making the arts an integral part of the basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction ( This commitment is achieved through partnerships with several neighboring companies, organizations, and/or individuals to help the schools meet their vision of being an ABC Certified School.
To see a complete list of ABC Certified Schools across the state and learn more about ABC Institute, please visit us at
Established in 1987, founded by the belief that all students deserve equal access to quality arts education as an essential educational promise, the ABC Institute is cooperatively governed by the South Carolina Arts Commission, the South Carolina Department of Education, and Winthrop University. ABC Institute fulfills its mission through three strategic goals focused on best practices, research, and policy. Visit or call 803.323.2451, and follow @abcInstitutesc on social media.
A state agency created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the SCAC works to increase public participation in the arts by providing grants, direct programs, staff assistance and partnerships in three key areas: arts education, community arts development, and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the SCAC is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. Visit or call 803.734.8696, and follow @scartscomm on social media.