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.”
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Learn more about Meeting Street Academy-Spartanburg by reading their National Blue Ribbon Schools application.
Meeting Street Academy-Spartanburg
Ms. Kyndran Hilton, Principal at Time of Nomination
201 East Broad Street, Suite 110
Spartanburg, SC, 29306-3289
|Student Demographics 2021|
|Number of students grades PreK-5||291|
|Students eligible for subsidized meals||89%|
|Students receiving special ed services||5%|
|African American students||90%|
|Hispanic or Latino students||2.4%|
|Two or More Races||2.9%|
|Student mobility rate||5%|