Award Year: 2018

Mount Lebanon Elementary School

2850 Lebanon Road
Pendleton, SC, 29670-9482

(864) 403-2400

Mr. Elliott Southard, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Anderson County School District 4

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Provide a learning environment that prepares all students for college, careers, and a successful life in a global society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 81%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 47%
Students collaborate to complete a project in the Engineering Lab.

Students collaborate to complete a project in the Engineering Lab.

Mount Lebanon Elementary School is "Engineering our Students' Future through Science, Technology, and Math." As an AdvancED STEM-certified school, 21st century STEM skills are taught in conjunction with the core content areas along with inquiry and research skills to prepare our students for college, careers, and life.

Highlights of our instructional model include weekly classes in the Engineering Lab where all students engage in real world experiences through hands-on projects; project-based learning throughout the core content instruction with an expanded focus on all areas of STEM; the implementation of the "Engineering Design Process" in all classes; collaboration with local universities and businesses to provide engaging experiences that allow students to apply the skills and content learned to everyday situations; the implementation of a 1:1 technology initiative that provides each student in grades 2-6, as well as every two students in grades K-1, with a Chromebook to enhance learning.

We also provide experiences for our students to become engaged and responsible citizens. Special events include author visits, illustrator visits, a Writer's Guild, a Veterans' Day program, Family STEM Night, and Literacy Night. Extra-curricular opportunities include an archery team, a Lego robotics team, an art club, a broadcast team, a chimes performance group, a running club, Safety Patrol, and Student Council.

Utilizing these practices allows our students to apply their core content knowledge in real world experiences in the hopes of creating well-rounded individuals who are equipped for future careers and active citizenship in their community.