Meeting Street Schools is a school of innovation, founded upon the belief that all children deserve an excellent education despite their geographic or socioeconomic circumstances.
- Black/African American: 90%
- White: 3%
- Hispanic: 2%
- Asian: 2%
- Two or more races: 3%
Meeting Street Academy-Spartanburg, located in the heart of downtown, is one of South Carolina's first Public Schools of Innovation. A unique district partnership school, this neighborhood campus serving the Highlands community of the Sparkle City, learns from, and draws upon, best practices from traditional, public charter, and independent schools across America. Beginning with full-day early childhood programming for three- and four-year-olds, the school grounds its approach in character and social-emotional development utilizing eight "paths to success," including curiosity and citizenship.
In the early grades, there are two teachers in every classroom, thus reducing student-teacher ratio. Across all grades, outstanding academic growth results are rewarded with performance-based bonuses for core content teachers and interventionists. The school also offers player-coach roles, aspiring leader pipelines, and the most competitive teacher compensation in the region.
School begins early, in late July, and with its extended day model and partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, students have 20+ more days of instruction and enrichment. Throughout every student's experience, they are taught using best-in-class curriculum and regular academic assessments. MSA-S also commits to supporting its students after they graduate--with intensive alumni services for families to ensure that middle and high school experiences build from our strong elementary school foundation. All of this is done in partnership with families, part of our 2Gen philosophy, and part of The Maverick Way.
Lastly, it's important to note during these times that MSA-S stayed open and operating throughout the 2020-21 school year. Within just a few months, the vast majority of students were back in school. This has allowed MSA-S to build upon its success, support families, and not lose momentum. Health and safety protocols were fully in-place, and remain so to this day. It is also important to note that none of what MSA-S offers would be possible without the support of Susu & George Johnson, whose vision and generosity have catalyzed Meeting Street Academy's success from the beginning. Their family is part of what makes MSA-S so unique, allowing the school to blend together best practices from across the sector.