Best Charter School
James Island Charter High School

When I heard that my very own school, James Island Charter High School, was voted the area’s best charter school, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride. I am a Trojan through and through, and I’m glad that my great school is getting the recognition it deserves. 

We have our bumps and rough patches, as any school does, but when you look at the school as a whole, we really do have a lot going for us. We have a great community, and have made a lot of progress recently when it comes to inclusivity and diversity. 

Overall, the school has a very relaxed environment. If you want a low-stress high school experience, JICHS is great. However, if you want to push yourself and take on a more rigorous course load, we have amazing opportunities to get ahead. Our advanced placement classes are incredible for the overachievers. We also have a litany of programs, for anything you could possibly be interested in. There’s a renowned International Baccalaureate program, national honors societies, a very competitive athletics program and an abundance of clubs (just a very small sampling: sign language, surfing, mock trial, LGBTQ, United Brothers and Sisters Association, film, dance team, ROTC). I’ve tried to take full advantage of these programs and get to make a difference in my school through student council, national honors society, environmental sustainability club and French honor society. This still is only a fraction of the opportunities here, and any JICHS student has full access to all of them. 

High school is what you make of it. At JICHS, you can push yourself as little or as much as you want, which is why the students love it. I consider myself extremely lucky to call JICHS home. On behalf of the Trojans, I thank the City Paper for this huge honor.

Lucy Dixon is the editor of JICHS newspaper The Odyssey and junior class vice president.

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