Hammond Hill Elementary Awards and Honors
National Blue Ribbon School
Every year the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. In 2012, Hammond Hill Elementary was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, a school which demonstrates that all students can achieve to high levels. The award plaque that is proudly displayed at Hammond Hill Elementary affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and the community in creating a safe and welcoming school where students master challenging content.
Palmetto’s Finest Award
Each spring since 1978, the South Carolina Association of School Administrators has recognized a few schools which offer excellent instruction and outstanding leaders, augmented by strong family and community involvement and a supportive business community. The selection process for this award includes a comprehensive review of a school's program, focusing on the key question: "What impact is this school making on the lives of students and the community, and is it deserving of the Palmetto's Finest Award?" Hammond Hill Elementary is proud to have received the Palmetto’s Finest School Award in 2013.
Palmetto Gold & Silver Awards Program
The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program was established by the Education Accountability Act of 1998. As an important part of the education accountability system in South Carolina, the Awards program recognizes and rewards schools that attain high levels of absolute performance, that attain high rates of growth, and that make substantial progress in closing the achievement gap between disaggregated groups.
Hammond Hill Elementary has received the Palmetto Gold Award for the following years:
Red Carpet School
In 2001, the South Carolina State Department of Education developed the Red Carpet Schools program to recognize schools that provide a “family-friendly” atmosphere and outstanding customer service. Schools who receive this award are continuously providing a warm, inviting atmosphere where people are welcomed and made to feel part of the school family. In these schools, parents, grandparents, and members of the local community are actively involved on a regular basis. Hammond Hill Elementary was selected as a South Carolina Red Carpet School for the period from 2007-2010.
Aiken County Teacher of the Year
Hammond Hill Elementary is proud to be the home of three recipients of the Aiken County Teacher of the Year Award:
Cathy Martin (2004-2005)
Robin Patterson (2007-2008)
Uyen Griffis (2011-2012)