Breakthrough in School Choice

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Exciting progress is being made in SDPC's Breakthrough in School Choice Initiative!

This fall, Central Elementary School became the Central Academy of the Arts, and McKissick Elementary School became the McKissick Academy of Science & Technology.

To read more about how each school offer an educational experience that is innovative and distinct from any other school in our district, please visit the links below:


If you have specific questions about either school, please don't hesitate to send emails to CAAquestions@pickens.k12.sc.us for inquiries about Central Academy, or to MASTquestions@pickens.k12.sc.us for questions about McKissick Academy. We look forward to hearing from you!


The purpose of a magnet school theme-based program is improved teaching and learning, addressing diversity, and addressing school capacity through school choice options.

The plans for both schools are based on the National Magnet School Standards of Excellence.