Meeting Street Schools’ Hosts Alumni Weekend!

Story by Meeting Street Schools / March 21, 2022

Over 100 Meeting Street Schools current and soon-to-be alumni gathered at their alma mater to attend our very first Network-wide Alumni Weekend to receive information and inspiration for their journey to college and career.


Scholars and families started the two-day event by gathering for food and fun at their alma mater on Friday afternoon. Meeting Street Academy- Charleston toured the new wing, Meeting Street Academy-Spartanburg competed in their own version of the Amazing Race, and Meeting Street-Brentwood 8th graders celebrated their upcoming graduation. 

The Alumni Services team hosted a webinar on Saturday that included an included an alumni panel where students had the opportunity to receive words of wisdom from their peers.

When asked what advice they would give students transitioning to another school:

  • Branch out – spread your wings
  • Build relationships with the teachers AND other students
  • Advocate for yourself!
  • Reflect on your mistakes so you can be/get better
  • Don’t be afraid to mess up
  • Be confident in yourself

When asked what the biggest differences were when they left Meeting Street:

  • The environment was way different – more people, not the same “family” feel
  • The people are different- there are different cultures, different skin colors, different everything – be accepting!
  • You have to decide who you want to be in that space…
  • Don’t let the workload stress you out so that you quit – persevere!

When asked what advice they would give to their younger self:

  • Get ready for a change
  • Be comfortable being uncomfortable
  • Don’t be shy – make new friends

Other parts of the day included a keynote address delivered by members of the founding and forever fanclub. Nurse Sherri, Principal Hilton, and Ms. Durrah gave beautiful speeches to the impact alumni made on them from the Spartanburg Mavericks. Founding and former 5th grade teacher, Mr. Watkins and former Director of Synergy, Ms. Lori gave a speech to the Charleston Owls that really reminded all alumni we are always family and will always be here to do the hard work, together. 


The day was rounded out by an incredible virtual workshop that provided opportunities for alumni whether an internship through Boeing or Favrit; programs to explore passions through GripTape, STREAMS, and the Career Startup School; or greater access to college and career scholarships through The Evans Scholars and JRS Coding School. Our alumni are able to access and explore so many different avenues and we hope to continue to engage more partners in the future! 

Take a closer look at the weekend’s events here!


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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.


  • 1/3

“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

  • 2/3

“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

  • 3/3

“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