History & Awards

History & Awards

YLA was created in the 2012-2013 school year to combat the “middle school slump,” which is prevalent across the nation. Typically, middle school students regress significantly academically and emotionally during this time period. YLA works to reverse this trend, and provide a middle school experience that is successful and fun for students.

Youth Leadership Academy is accredited through the South Carolina Department of Education.

  • Award-Winning South Carolina Middle School

    • 2017 & 2018 SC Public Charter School District School of Distinction Award
    • Palmetto Gold Recognition
    • 2015 #1 Middle School in South Carolina by MSN
    • 2018 #1 Middle School in Pickens County by SchoolDigger.com

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