Meeting Street Academy

Meeting Street Academy - Where hearts, minds and futures come together!

At Meeting Street Academy we believe in the power of a rigorous and inspiring educational experience to put young people from all economic backgrounds on the path to success. Our model of excellence is built upon academic challenge, development of character and partnership with family. We provide under-resourced families with a life-changing opportunity for their children to learn what it takes to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.

Mission: Meeting Street Academy is empowering young people from under-resourced neighborhoods to become confident, productive and principled members of society through excellence in academics.

Wow! We can’t believe it’s that time of year again... We are so excited for our kids to break barriers, surpass goals, and show tons of grit! We will see you bright and early! #GrowthMindset #HardWork #85

We are so grateful for all the mothers of MSA! Have a beautiful and joyous day!

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Come watch this amazing community event! #WatotoAcademy #SweetSoulMusic #LoveAmerica

Originating in the late 1950s/early 1960s, Soul Music is a beloved American music style that combines elements of African-American Gospel music, Blues and Rhythm and Blues. Click the link to see how our students are learning about Soul Music and attend the FREE community event on May 22 at Burke High School in downtown Charleston.

Join us tomorrow during assembly to celebrate our teachers! #TeacherAppreciation #ComeTeachWithUs #BestPlaceToWork


Alumni News
Congratulations to Princess Scott, Class of 2018, for being the 2019 recipient of the Charles S. Way, III Memorial Scholarship at Bishop England High School. Way to go, Princess! #masonprepproud

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All of our core classrooms are staffed with two experienced teachers or an experienced lead teacher and a new-to-teaching fellow. With an average student to teacher ratio of 1:9 in our classrooms, all students get small group instruction in reading and in math every day. In this way, we maximize student success while building the talent pipeline. Learn how we define a culture of excellence in the classroom here:

Drop in to hear a special announcement from Mr. Bedford! #ExcitingNews #HardWorkTogether #FamilyGathering

Meeting Street Academy Field Trip - Banks Construction Company, Asphalt Paving, South Carolina

We had so much fun! Thank you for having us Banks Construction Company! We love students visiting our asphalt plant.  These visits afford us the opportunity to share the knowledge we can sometimes take for granted.  Who knows, the nuggets of information these students take with them could eventually form the next generation of our industry.  Last Friday, students fro...

We had a great start to Teacher Appreciation this week with Rhythm Grub! Thank you for supporting, loving, and feeding some very grateful teachers! #goodfood #teacherappreciation #supportlocalbusinesses

SHE DID IT! #setgoals #basketballstar #growthmindset

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JOY! LOVE! GREATNESS! We are grateful for everyone who came out to support our kids at the Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds concert last weekend.

We are honored to have been involved in the Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds concert this past weekend! Thank you to everyone who made this event possible and helped support our kids!

Words spoken by one of our 5th graders at last weekend's concert at Volvo Car Stadium ! Thank you Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds for an amazing show benefiting Meeting Street Schools!

Good evening!
My name is Aniyah Legare and I go to Meeting Street Academy in downtown Charleston, a gracious school full of teachers who LOVE their kids and kids who have respect for their teachers.
On behalf of all of us at Meeting Street Schools, I’d like to say a special THANK YOU to our supporters from those of us who will change the world because of your generosity.
I am able to do so many things that when I share with other adults, they are amazed at the work that I do. All because of my family support AND Meeting Street Schools. The money you spent tonight to attend this show will not only change my life but others because we’ll have more books to read, more trips to take, more things to learn about.
At Meeting Street I am able to do so many things that I may not have had the opportunity to do at other schools. I was able to speak at the Martin Luther King Jr 50th Anniversary of his assassination, I am a Straight A Student, I have performed at the Dock Street, I am able to go to my Dream School, I am able to tutor other kids bc I am learning their stuff and more. I am not just learning 5th grade material, but 6th, 7th, 8th and even 9th grade material. I am currently reading 4 books including Becoming, by Michelle Obama.
My teachers believe in me to be the best I can be. They PUSH me. My Grandmother, Antoinette Terry, always teaches me the value of knowledge. She taught me when I was very young the words of Condoleezza Rice: “Self esteem comes from achievements not lax standards and false praise.”
I am a living example of my ancestors’ dreams because I put in the hard work that is instilled in my from my family’s DNA.
I will continue to do amazing things because of the support of my family and my school community. At Meeting Street, we always DREAM BIG because for those who much is given, much is required.
Thanks again for being here. Let’s all enjoy the show!

What a beautiful evening our families and students had at the annual Green Heart Harvest Dinner! We look forward to this all year. Happy Earth Day! @greenheartchs #greenheart #growfood #earthday @ GrowFood Carolina

We were overjoyed to run in this race last week and were thrilled to celebrate the 10th and final year! We love @runforadela! #whatyoustartyoufinish @meetingstrunningclub

We were overjoyed to run in this race last week and were thrilled to celebrate the 10th and final year! We love @runforadela! #whatyoustartyoufinish @meetingstrunningclub

We were overjoyed to run in this race last week and were thrilled to celebrate the 10th and final year! We love @runforadela! #whatyoustartyoufinish @meetingstrunningclub

Check out one of our amazing classrooms! 3rd Grade ROCKS!!

Classroom of the week featuring Meeting Street Academy: According to author Lisa Delpit, warm demanders are teachers who “expect a great deal of their students, convince them of their own brilliance, and help them to reach their potential in a disciplined and structured environment.” If you think back to your favorite teacher, s/he most likely held a super high bar for academics and behavior while also being your biggest champion. Ms. Jones and Mrs. Mailloux fit this textbook definition of the paradoxical term warm demanders. Make no mistake, though, their “structured environment” is still full of joy. You will see students who accurately completed their math sprints standing proudly on their chairs to celebrate this accomplishment. And, these eight and nine year-old students do not need to raise their hands to indicate that they want to speak; instead, they engage in conversations by speaking into the silence and jumping in and not over their classmates’ voices. This sets the stage for “adult discourse”, and it’s fun to hear teammates practicing habits of discussion by respectfully disagreeing or building onto each other’s thoughts. And, to make learning sticky, the teachers may don scuba diver gear to help students better understand Jacques Cousteau’s exploration of the sea or chanting and singing their multiplication facts to the tune of their favorite songs. Because of Mrs. Mailloux and Ms. Jones’ warmth and demand, our third graders are convinced of their own brilliance and are reaching their college-ready potential. - Thank you Katie Robinson for providing us with this wonderful testimonial.

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We got caught in the act of trying to surprise this sweet teacher by her very curious PK student! Thank you @theharbingercafe and @foodfire_knives for showering our teachers with some sweet opportunities to bond! They will love the experiences!!

"I'll Be There" MSA-C Boys Night


This was our first ever MSA-C GIrls' Night. It was amazing and incredible to see all our strong and fearless girls supported by all the incredible men in their lives. Thank you to all the dads, grandfathers, mentors, uncles, teachers, and everyone else who came to stand by their side!

This was our first ever MSA-C GIrls' Night. It was amazing and incredible to see all our strong and fearless girls supported by all the incredible men in their lives. Thank you to all the dads, grandfathers, mentors, uncles, teachers, and everyone else who came to stand by their side!

Thanks for coming @charlestonpoet to our assembly last week! We love that your book is named #empath!

What a great Friday Surprise! Thank you @shopcandlefish for celebrating GREAT teachers. These inspiring educators were gifted the opportunity to go to #candlefishcharleston to make some amazing candles! Thanks for loving our teachers as much as we do!

"The way you get to know yourself is by the expressions on other's people's faces, because that's the only thing that you can see, unless you carry a mirror about."

Thanks for participating in the very interactive 3rd Grade door last night! Here are some of the beautiful faces that were captured!

Happy First Day of Women's History Month! #girlpower #womenshistorymonth #futureleaders

Little Queens #myblackisbeautiful #blackhistorymonth @ Meeting Street Academy

Little Kings #wakandaforever #blackhistorymonth @ Meeting Street Academy

What an incredible season. SHOUT OUT this incredible little 2nd-3rd grade team! So much grit, so much joy, so much fun!! Shout out 1-2!!

MSA-C Boys Night coming soon! RSVP by Friday to get your tickets! #illbethere

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Learn about all our Meeting Street Schools at this month's Open House. Details are below! We are grateful to you Alexis Simmons - Live 5 News Shout out 1-2!!

Interested in a career with MSS? Join us this Thursday for our February Open House! Thanks for sharing, Alexis Simmons - Live 5 News !

Join us 2/28 @6pm! #blackhistorymonth #blackartists

Our 1A Appalachian State University Mountaineers have been learning about the iconic Jacob Lawrence. They shouted out Mr. Lawrence for his optimism and creativity, as he highlighted the journeys of African Americans through his paintings entitled "The Migration Series."

Our KB University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish are learning all about the glorious Gwendolyn Brooks this month! Make sure you ask your child what they have learned so far!

Our KA, FAMU Rattlers will be studying and sharing information about the magnificent Maya Angelou. If your child is in KA, make sure you ask them more!

“My Black is Beautiful!” MSA students are learning, discovering, and discussing black artists from the 20th & 21st century. Stay tuned to learn more! #blackhistorymonth #myblackisbeautiful

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This year, Meeting Street Schools (MSS) is partnering with Palmetto Community Action Partnership (PCAP) to put on a poverty simulator for all MSS team members and several of our community partners!

We are expecting a big turnout and seeking 60-70 committed volunteers and/or local organizations/businesses to participate with us as “service providers” so that our MSS team members can fully engage in the simulation and put themselves in the “shoes” of those living at or below the poverty line.

Please sign up to volunteer with us at the following link and thank you for supporting Meeting Street Schools!

"That Sweet Soul Music"

The Watoto Charleston Performance Ensemble has done it again! The second concert for the "Love America" Concert Series took place January 10th and was a site to behold. Thank you to all who came to support our students! The performance was extra special, as it was the first year to showcase the @Meeting Street Elementary at Brentwood rising Watoto Stars! It was a magical evening in a magical place, thank you to Dock Street Theatre. Check out our website to learn more about Watoto and our Extended Day programs,!

[01/21/19]   We are #16 for the MLK Parade today, this is near the tennis courts on Congress Street. Ms. Dash will be there soon in a bright red headband. Unfortunately the bus will not start, so if you come everyone will be walking the route.

We look forward to seeing you! Come to our next Open House if you want to know more about the school. RSVP in the link below.

Interested in a career with MSS or becoming involved with our organization? Join us at Meeting Street Academy - Charleston on January 24th at 5:00 pm for our first open house of 2019! This is a great opportunity to take a tour of one of our beautiful campuses and meet with members of our leadership team. RSVP here:

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Families, make sure you come to today’s assembly to see a special preview from last night’s show! #SweetSoulMusic #LoveAmerica #WatotoCharleston

Can you hear that sweet soul music...? The Watoto Charleston Performance Ensemble took the stage at Dock Street Theatre for the second installment of the “Love America” concert series. Thank you to all who came to support our incredibly talented children! @msebrentwood #LoveAmerica #SweetSoulMusic @ Dock Street Theatre

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"That Sweet Soul Music"
Meeting Street Academy First Day of School 2018-2019
2018 5th Grade Graduation
Middle School Signing Day
Dancing is Life
Watoto Performs "Love America, Love...Everybody!"
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