The Marshall-Carver Preparatory School

Marshall-Carver Prep is a K-12 charter school that will open in North Charleston, SC for the 2016-2017 school year. The Marshall-Carver Preparatory School (MCP) will offer a K-12 curriculum that focuses on college and career readiness, character and leadership development, and building our community.

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MCP’s Charter Planning Committee is seeking parents to join our Parent & Community Task Force.

The task force will assist in MCP’s fall student enrollment and marketing campaign, and other planning activities and events as we prepare to open in August 2016. Parents actively serving on the Task Force will receive automatic enrollment for their children as permitted by SC law. Please email [email protected] to sign up or to receive more information.

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“I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality, and freedom for their spirits.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964


The Marshall-Carver Preparatory School's charter planning committee has decided to delay the school's opening date to August 2016. The delay is necessary to provide proper time for the construction of the school's new facilities.

We are committed to providing a first-class education for our students, and our facilities will reflect our vision and commitment to students and families in the Lowcountry region. Marshall-Carver will open for the 2016-2017 school year in August 2016.

The Marshall-Carver Preparatory School 10/03/2014

The Marshall-Carver Preparatory School

Submit your enrollment application today!

The 2015-2016 application is now available, and we've made it convenient to submit the form. You may enroll your child by clicking the Enrollment Application tab on this page, or visiting our website to submit the electronic form or download the paper version of the application.

The deadline is November 14, 2014. Enrollment applications received after the deadline will be accepted on a first come, space available basis.

The Marshall-Carver Preparatory School The Marshall-Carver Preparatory Charter School is a new K-12 charter school that will open in North Charleston, South Carolina, on August 17, 2015.


We have had inquiries during the spring and summer about employment opportunities, and we want to update everyone on our hiring plans.

We will formally begin our hiring process next winter/spring. Positions will include, but not are limited to: administrative (principal); teachers and assistants (certified teachers for K-5, special education, Spanish, PE, music, art, and library/media); and student support services (guidance counselor, certified school nurse, social worker).

We plan to recruit locally and around the state for experienced and new teachers, and we plan to have an information session for interested candidates next spring. In the interim, if you know of qualified candidates or have interest in positions, please feel free to email us at [email protected].


We are grateful for the opportunity to serve local students, and we are working hard to prepare to open for the 2015-2016 school year. Some of our immediate work includes reviewing facility locations that will meet the needs of our first-class educational program, starting the open enrollment process, and designing enrichment and academic support programs.

Please stay posted for updates. Open Enrollment begins on Wednesday, October 1, 2014!


Breaking news! The Board of Trustees for the SC Public Charter School District voted to approve our charter application! This has been a rewarding journey and experience, and we look forward to serving our students, family, and community!


We submitted our application on Monday! We will have a hearing before the SC Public Charter School District's Board of Trustees by the end of September.

Many thanks to the MCP Charter Committee and volunteers for their hard work and tireless commitment to making MCP a reality. We also thank the parents, teachers, and community members who have and continue to support and encourage us during this rewarding journey. We will keep you posted on the approval process, and please continue to spread the word about MCP!


The Marshall-Carver Preparatory School

We have one week to go until we submit our charter application! Based on the significant interest in MCP, we expect to be on a wait list for all grades and will have an early enrollment deadline this fall.

If you have not filled out the interest form, click or share the link and do it today! Questions? Email [email protected].

The Marshall-Carver Preparatory School Marshall-Carver Prep is a K-12 charter school that will open in North Charleston, SC for the 2016-2017 school year.

Savvy Schooler: Summer Learning 06/30/2014

Savvy Schooler: Summer Learning

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We need your support! Help us show the State of South Carolina that the children in our community deserve a high-quality K-12 education, and the support and resources to succeed and thrive.

We're two weeks away from submitting our charter application. Please take a moment to submit a non-binding parent interest form for your child, and share this post with your friends and family to spread the word about Marshall-Carver Prep!

Thank you!

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The world has lost Dr. Maya Angelou, a literary icon, educator, and civil rights advocate. We take comfort in knowing that generations of children will continue to be inspired by her work, wisdom, and contributions to our society. Some of her most inspiring quotes:

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Great news! Marshall-Carver Prep has the support of the Trident Literacy Association, Youth Empowerment Services, and the Father to Father Project! We look forward to establishing community partnerships with these wonderful organizations.

Have five minutes? Three minutes? Show your support for Marshall-Carver Prep by submitting a non-binding Parent Interest Form for your child today!

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We've received questions about our optional after-school and summer programs and the activities students will be able to take.

The after-school program will include arts activities (music, dance, theater), sports (such as basketball, soccer, and fitness classes), STEM activities, cooking classes, and career activities. A Homework Lab will be open during this time.

Our summer program will blend academic enrichment with career interests and summer fun. For example, students will be able to choose from Science & Math Camp, Law Camp, Arts Camp, and a sports-themed camp.

Please feel free to suggest activities for either program!

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Five minutes is all it takes to submit a Letter of Interest for your children and to start them on a solid path to college and their future careers.

From engineering, biomedical science and law, to the arts, digital media and business, Marshall Carver students will gain real-world skills and experience in a variety of careers, beginning in elementary school.

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Today marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended racial segregation in our country's schools.

Did you know that the Brown decision involved two decades of work to overturn the "separate but equal doctrine," and that Brown was not a single case, but five lawsuits against school districts in Kansas, South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia?

One of our school's namesakes is Thurgood Marshall, the civil rights attorney who led the Brown team and went on to become the first African-American justice of the US Supreme Court.

Through our school, we hope to honor this legacy by ensuring that every child receives a high-quality education and a wealth of resources and support to realize their goals and dreams.

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Now it's even easier to support Marshall-Carver! Check out the new Sign Up tab on our page to submit a Letter of Interest for your child!

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We're excited about the interest and positive feedback we've received about our school. We're meeting parents who want a high-quality education for their child, and community members who share our passion for helping children realize their goals and dreams.

We encourage you to submit a letter of interest if your child will be in grades K-5 for the 2015-2016 school year, or starting school in the near future. Your interest is not binding, and it will help us demonstrate support for our school.

Have questions? Please email us at [email protected], or call 843-324-7784.

U.S. Teachers Are Nowhere Near as Diverse as Their Students - NBC News 05/07/2014

U.S. Teachers Are Nowhere Near as Diverse as Their Students - NBC News

Teachers are expressing interest in joining our efforts to provide a quality education for Lowcountry students and close the achievement gap! If you're interested in working at Marshall-Carver Prep for the 2015-2016 school year or want to show your support for our application, email us at [email protected].

Worth reading:

U.S. Teachers Are Nowhere Near as Diverse as Their Students - NBC News Almost half the students attending public schools are minorities, yet fewer than 1 in 5 of their teachers is nonwhite.New studies from the Center for America...

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The MCP Charter Committee is hosting an Information Meeting on Saturday, April 26, 2014, to provide more information about the school, and to answer questions specific to your family.

We'll be available between 2-4 p.m. at the Otranto Regional Branch of the Charleston County Library, 2261 Otranto Road, North Charleston, SC. Stop in and learn why MCP is the best choice for your family!

Can't make the meeting? Feel free to post your questions, email us at [email protected], or call (843)324-7784.

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Did you know that MCP will provide bus transportation for students living in North Charleston AND the surrounding area? Enrollment will be open to all South Carolina students, regardless of district zone.

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"He who opens a school door, closes a prison."
--Victor Hugo

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Marshall Carver high school students will choose from six career majors as part of his or her graduation plan:

Art & Communications
Business, Management & Administration
Hospitality & Tourism
Law, Government & Public Administration

That means your child will take classes in specific career paths, gain real-world skills and experience, participate in career-aligned enrichment activities and clubs, and intern or develop a special project in his or her field.

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Why MCP? Our entire K-12 curriculum will focus on college prep and career readiness from day one.

Elementary and middle school students will receive extra instruction in areas like math and reading, tutoring assistance as part of the school day, and specials that include Spanish, music, art, PE, library and technology, and a weekly seminar that focuses on leadership, life, and career skills.

Students will also visit local colleges, meet with business leaders and professionals, and receive ongoing career counseling. By the time your child finishes eighth grade, he or she will have an individual graduation plan to prepare for high school and beyond.

Visit to submit your letter of interest and support for MCP!

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