Commentary: Schools of innovation good for SC, but school districts must do their part

Commentary: Schools of innovation good for SC, but school districts must do their part

By: Darrin Goss | Post and Courier The South Carolina Legislature took a positive step toward equity in education this session with the passage of the schools of innovation bill, which gives school districts the option to create more than one public school of innovation within their districts. However, to...

Public Schools of Innovation Bill Becomes Law–Signed At MSA-Spartanburg

GoUpstate: Bob Montgomery Gov. Henry McMaster used Meeting Street Academy Spartanburg as a backdrop Monday to ceremonially sign into a law a bill that expands local control over schools of choice. "This is a great day for Spartanburg, but it's also a great day for the state and maybe even...

Navarros’ scholarships provide good news for local students, community

Brian Hicks | Post and Courier Kaiasia Williams is an impressive young woman by any standard. She will graduate from Burke High this week with a resume that includes a long list of awards for academic achievement and leadership skills, multiple wins in engineering competitions and four years with the...

Meeting Street Schools award over 100 teachers bonuses in first year of incentive program

By Libby Stanford The Post and Courier, JUL 16, 2021 Meeting Street Schools, the Charleston-based nonprofit organization that runs public-private elementary schools throughout the state, awarded over 100 teachers bonuses for the 2020-21 school year. The bonuses, which were given based on student performance, averaged around $5,000 per teacher with...

Meeting Street Provides Model On How $3 Billion In Federal Dollars Could Be Invested

By Jennifer Berry Hawes, Seanna Adcox and Libby Stanford with The Post and Courier May 22, 2021 The mantra became accepted wisdom: South Carolina’s public schools have struggled for decades due to a crippling lack of money. And what they did get was hampered by enough bureaucratic morass to stifle...

Meeting Street Academy Class of 2021 earns $1.5 Million in middle and high school scholarships, acceptance to top schools.

Part of Meeting Street Schools 20-year commitment to students and families from early childhood education to the Meeting Street Scholarship Fund Charleston, SC - The twenty fifth grade students in Meeting Street Academy’s graduating class of 2021 have collectively earned over $1.5 million in scholarships to attend some of Charleston’s...

New Playground Opens at Denny’s Plaza

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The Watoto Ensemble to Perform at Annual “Light the Lake” Holiday Event

Come out and celebrate the holiday season and catch a performance by The WatotoAcademy of Performing Arts at Colonial Lake's annual holiday event: Light the Lake! Click here for more information on the event.

Stage & Screen Calendar

Find more info on upcoming Charleston events here. ‘That Sweet Soul Music’ What: Meeting Street Schools and the Watoto Academy of Performing Arts present their “That Sweet Soul Music” community concert, a musical journey that honors the music and artists responsible for creating soul music. When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., May 22...

Charleston Area Students to Perform in Free Concert Showcasing History of Soul Music in America

By Alexis Simmons | May 19, 2019 at 9:45 AM EDT - Updated May 19 at 9:47 AM Watch the video here.  CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Meeting Street Schools and the WatotoAcademy of the Performing Arts are partnering for a family-friendly production highlighting the history of Soul Music in America....

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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.

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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

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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