April 17, 2020


Official Charter Approval

Columbia, South Carolina – The midlands’ first tuition-free school to provide support for students with dyslexia and language-based reading difficulties, Palmetto Achievement Center for Excellence (PACE) Academy, was approved by the Board of Trustees for the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD) on April 17, 2020. The school is scheduled to open July 2021. Applications will be available starting July 2020.

“For many families, private school or even private tutoring is not an option,” Melissa Rabon, PACE Chairperson, said. “We want to give all students of the midlands an opportunity to receive this type of educational approach, regardless of their family’s financial standing.”

PACE Academy is designed so that students will receive over 2 hours of Orton-Gillingham based language instruction each day. They will also receive

multisensory math instruction and project-oriented instruction in science and social studies. Structured movement brain breaks will be incorporated throughout the school day as well.

“When we look at countries like Finland who incorporate more opportunities for students to move and play throughout the day, we see disruption in the classroom is minimized, identification of ADHD is lowered, and students perform better academically,” Rabon said.

PACE will open with grades 3 through 7 in July 2021. Additional grades will be added each year for four school years. By July 2024, PACE will serve students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade.

For more information or to register for the weighted lottery, parents can visit the school website or facebook page.


For more information about PACE Academy or how to volunteer or donate, please visit our website ( or email