7 Tips for Landing a Role at Meeting Street Schools

Story by cnmAdmin2030 / October 29, 2019

At Meeting Street Schools (MSS), we are looking for passionate teachers and leaders who are clear in their thinking about what is possible for students; who have an unyielding work ethic, hunger to learn and a sense of optimism; and who are a strong mission fit and tightly aligned to our belief that all students — regardless of life circumstances– can and will succeed. Before you begin applying for a role at MSS, check out these seven tips for increasing your chances of being hired:

7. Do your homework!
Before you apply, do your research. Take the time to explore our website. Learn about our mission, school design and most importantly, the communities we serve. Make sure to understand what we look for in the people we hire and determine if this is the place for you. If you are applying for an instructional position at Meeting Street Schools and do not already hold a valid South Carolina teaching certification, you will be required to obtain one. For information about the South Carolina teacher certification process, please click here. 

6. Before starting your application, have all necessary documents ready.
Updated Resume: Make sure your resume lists current and recent positions, has clear dates, correct contact information and no place holders.
Relevant certification documents: Part of the application process is to submit your certification documents to our Talent Acquisition Team. If you have an active teaching certificate, make sure you have a digital copy/image available to complete this step of the application process.
SC Certification ID number: If you hold an active South Carolina license (teaching, social work, etc.), please include that ID number when you respond to the question about certification on your application.

5. Know your role!
Apply to the position you are most interested in and for instructional candidates, qualified to teach. Even though you have the option to apply for multiple positions, it is not necessary to complete multiple applications. We will consider all of your qualifications. For instructional candidates, we will review your certification and resume to determine what subjects and grades you are qualified to teach. Each application is reviewed thoroughly to ensure minimum qualifications are met, so please review the education and experience requirements in the job posting before you apply.

4. Be thoughtful.
Be thoughtful in your responses to application questions, and be sure to proofread and revise responses. Submitting thoughtful responses will show us how much you care about the potential to work at MSS. Copying and pasting information from our website is not recommended. Answer all parts of the application and video interview questions. Read the questions carefully, and ensure you address all parts of the question in your response. Strong answers demonstrate an understanding of our mission, convey your passion for this work and your belief in educational equity for all students.

3. Include your references on your application.
Part of the application process is submitting references. Reach out to current and past supervisors to use as a reference, and be sure to inform your references that they will hear from us. If you do not have work experience, reach out to professors. Refrain from including friends, family or peers in your references. When you include references on your application, include all of the contact information for each reference (name, title, relationship, phone number and email).

2. Understand and trust the process.
Our selection process is selective and has three main steps: an application, video interview and the final Interview Day. All candidates follow this process. Sometimes we do request an additional phone interview in order to get to know our candidates better. Meeting Street Schools is highly selective, and prior to applying, please know that our final interview day is a full day commitment at one of our four campuses. If you are invited to Interview Day, please be 100% sure that you can attend and participate in the full day before accepting the invitation.

1. Be authentic, honest and self-aware.
We are not looking for perfection. At Meeting Street Schools, we believe everyone is on a constant journey of learning and growing. We are looking for reflective and hungry individuals who love to learn and have a growth mindset. When a candidate is forthright about their personal areas of growth and their strengths, it demonstrates humility, self awareness and evidence of a desire to learn and grow. When addressing application and interview questions, be honest, thoughtful and provide concrete examples that address the question when applicable.

 

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About Meeting Street Schools

Meeting Street Schools (MSS) is an innovative non-profit where schools, families, and the community collaborate to create environments where all children can achieve their full potential. With a network of schools across South Carolina, including MSA-Charleston (Charleston, SC), MSA-Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC), MS-Brentwood (North Charleston, SC), MS-Burns (North Charleston, SC), and MS-Jasper & Beaufort (Jasper, SC), we are committed to providing students with the rigorous education they deserve.

Founded on the principle that every child deserves an excellent education regardless of their socio-economic background, Meeting Street Schools has been a beacon of hope and a testament to what's possible in education. Our schools are driven by a strong focus on student achievement, evidence-based instruction, and relentless support of our students and their families.

While united by our shared mission, each MSS campus, is unique in its character, tapping into the local spirit of the communities they serve. Explore each of our schools and discover how they're creating a brighter future for students in South Carolina.

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Our Schools

MSA – CharlestonDowntown Charleston, SC - Independent School - Since 2008 - 364 Students

Nestled in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina, MSA Charleston is more than just a school—it’s a hub for innovative learning and community engagement. As part of the Meeting Street Schools network, MSA Charleston embodies a commitment to excellence through its rigorous academic programs, inclusive culture, and focus on developing the whole child. With a curriculum that emphasizes both academic and personal growth, MSA Charleston prepares students to be curious learners and active citizens of their community.

MSA – SpartanburgDowntown Spartanburg, SC - Public School - Since 2012 - 323 Students

MSA Spartanburg stands as a pillar of educational innovation in the Spartanburg community. The school’s dedicated educators and supportive learning environment ensure that each child receives a high-quality, personalized education with exceptional faculty and teachers. MSA Spartanburg is distinguished by its emphasis on community partnership, fostering relationships that extend beyond the classroom to build a strong foundation for lifelong learning and success.

MS – BrentwoodNorth Charleston, SC - Public School - Since 2014 - 694 Students

MS Brentwood is a place where education meets opportunity. Serving the Brentwood area, this school is a testament to the transformative power of education. With a student-centered approach that celebrates diversity and encourages excellence, MS Brentwood is dedicated to equipping students with the skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. MS Brentwood also serves as a hub for the Brentwood community to access educational and wellness services. The school’s commitment to innovation, coupled with a warm, welcoming environment, makes it a standout in the MSS network.

MS – BurnsNorth Charleston, SC - Public School - Since 2018 - 478 Students

Located in a community rich with history and culture, MS Burns is renowned for its dynamic educational approach that intertwines traditional learning with modern teaching techniques. The school’s focus on experiential learning ensures that students at MS Burns are not only recipients of knowledge but also active participants in their educational journey. MS Burns exists to spark an educational revolution for the students and families in the Dorchester-Waylyn Neighborhood in North Charleston. With a commitment to creating a supportive and challenging academic environment, MS Burns is forging a new path in public education.

MS – Jasper & BeaufortJasper County, SC - Public Charter School - Fall 2023 -

MS Jasper represents the Meeting Street Schools’ dedication to community-based education with a global perspective. The school provides a nurturing environment where students are encouraged to explore their potential and cultivate a love for learning. With its diverse programs such as Eureka Math, and Wit and Wisdom, MS Jasper puts a major emphasis on character development, specialized learning and equips students to become thoughtful, engaged members of society, reflecting the MSS ethos of empowerment through education.

CommunityVoices

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“MSA is a family. Once you’re in, you’re in. They said they would follow our kids from K-3 to college and they actually lived up to what they said they would do. Not only did MSA challenge my daughter academically but it also exposed her to new things that she probably wouldn’t have been exposed to at our previous neighborhood school. Our journey at MSA was exciting and rewarding. They actually walk the walk.”

— Tyeka GrantParent

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“Meeting Street Academy is my family. They taught me that I am valuable. I am an asset to the world…They asked me, ‘What is your dream?’ I had never been asked that before. The MSS community gives me the strength to pursue my dreams.”

— Kadelyn SteedStudent

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“We come into work everyday truly believing that our students are capable of achieving anything that is put in front of them. Here at MSS, students are provided the opportunity to achieve success through the facilitation of well-educated teachers, resources, and a responsive classroom school environment.”

— NikToshia GilesTeacher