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Video: Success Through Early Learning and Family Engagement

At Meeting Street Academy in Spartanburg, North Carolina, three- and four-year-old students attend a full-day kindergarten program rich in learning through play, movement, and hands-on academic activities. Family engagement is also a Meeting Street hallmark, with the school offering a wide variety of opportunities for parents, students, and school staff to build relationships and learn together. At the heart of the school’s mission is a deep commitment to equity and opportunity building for all students. As teacher Kaila Griffin explains, “the big idea…is that a child’s zip code should not determine their future. So, we can help kids…become just as successful as someone who had all the advantage.”

Meeting Street Academy SC

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School Information

Meeting Street Academy-Spartanburg

Ms. Kyndran Hilton

Principal at Time of Nomination

201 East Broad Street, Suite 110
Spartanburg, SC 29306-3289
(864) 253-1800
Student Demographics 2021
Number of students grades PreK-5291
Students eligible for subsidized meals89%
Students receiving special ed services5%
ELL Students0%
African American students90%
White students3.2%
Asian students1.5%
Hispanic or Latino students2.4%
Two or More Races2.9%
Student mobility rate5%