Zais in Lowcountry to show off schools to colleague

      Zais was sworn in as state Superintendent of Education in January 2011 (Felicia Allyn/WCIV).

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais has something to brag about.

      He spent part of the day Friday visiting four schools in the Lowcountry: James Island Charter High, Charleston Military Magnet, Garrett Academy of Technology and Academic Magnet High School.

      "All of these schools are doing a terrific job," Zais said. "I'm really showing it off to my friend from Washington who has the organization of all of our Chiefs of Education in all of our 50 states. "I was bragging about these schools, and he asked if he could see them, and so we're visiting those schools."

      Zais said these four schools help illustrate anyone can succeed, given some of them have low poverty rates, while others are very high. All four high schools are considered not only outstanding in the Lowcountry, but in the State as well. Just this week, Academic Magnet was ranked #27 nationally in the top high schools in the United States.

      While visiting each school, Zais met with administrators to discuss the successes and challenges they currently face.