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Focus on STEAM, leadership and partnerships make PSH a 'Cool School'

Published Thursday, May 3, 2018

Photo of PSH mechatronics lab

PSH students and instructor Sean McCarthy await the annoucement of the NUCOR Steel partnership on Monday, March 26, 2018. (BCSD photo)


Philip Simmons High School is BCSD's newest school, but its youth should not be seen as an indication on the level of opportunities provided.

Through leadership programs, industry partnerships providing real-world experience and a focus on STEAM approaches to learning, teachers and administrators believe they aren't just providing a great high school experience. They brag the school provides THE BEST high school experience.

"Absolutely wonderful school. It is a cool school," said Principal Dr. James Spencer in an interview with WCBD. "We call it the world's greatest high school, and we want the rest of the world to know it is the world's greatest high school. When we built the school, we used what's called the job gap analysis, those technical jobs created in the Charleston area that we don't have the supply of personal to go into those positions. We put very techie programs into our school things like mechatronics, pre-engineering, cyber security."

Philip Simmons High School was featured as the WCBD News 2 Cool School of the Week on Wednesday. To view WCBD's coverage, CLICK HERE.