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Teaching with Art and Heart highlights the resources a dedicated principal has secured for the 700-plus students in her rural South Carolina school, Skyland Elementary. For more than two decades, Dr. Carolyn Styles has created a thriving community of passionate educators and young scholars.

In addition to identifying and remediating students’ educational gaps and serving as a resource for their families, Skyland uses the arts as a powerful tool for student learning. A long-standing relationship with artists at the Peace Center in Greenville, SC, enables teachers to tap student interest and creativity by using music, dance, literature, and visual arts to engage students in challenging content.

Read a transcript of Teaching with Art and Heart: A Rural School Reaches the Whole Child.

Read Skyland Elementary School’s 2017 National Blue Ribbon School application.

Contact Information
Dr. Carolyn Styles, Principal at Time of Nomination
4221 Highway 14 North
Greer, SC, 29651-0000
(864) 355-7200

Student Demographics 2017

Number of students K-5 730
Students eligible for subsidized meals 41%
Limited English Proficient students 5%
Students receiving special ed services 11%
White students 82%
African American students 5%
Hispanic or Latino students 7%
Students of 2 or more races 4%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 1%
Native American 1%
Student mobility rate 7%
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