Cool School of the Week: Cario Middle School

Cario Middle School continues its tradition of excellence in academics, arts, and extra-curricular activities, and is a highly successful middle school with a lot of opportunities for students. We’re in Mount Pleasant for our first Cool School of the week for the new school year.

Drama, band, chorus, orchestra, art, Cario Middle School has a stellar fine arts program. Thomas C. Cario Middle School is located in the Park West area of Mount Pleasant. The school has more than 12-hundred students in 6 – 8th grade.
Cario has one of the highest percentages of students identified as gifted and talented in Charleston County School District, consistently earns excellent on state report cards, and is in the top-ten ranking of best schools in the state.

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School leaders say Cario provides a quality academic program at all grade levels, with a structured system of interventions for students who need help. Principal Sharon Randall says, “We are one of the top middle schools in the state as far as our ranking. Our kids are cool in all sense of the word. They are positive leaders. They enjoy learning new things. They enjoy encouraging each other to learn new things. They are a joy to work with. We have wonderful parent support and a phenomenal PTSO program that allows us to do a lot of extras for our kids.” Eighth grade student Andrew Mims, “Teachers and all students are very caring about each other and I like Cario because they’re willing to try new things.” Media specialist Joanne Jarman says, “We offer so many different programs for our students. We meet the needs of every student through our ABL our Action Based Learning plus the diverse programs we can offer in chorus, band, art, PE, and academics are top notch.”

Students take exploratory courses, such as choices in the fine arts, Spanish, a pre-engineering courses through Gateway to Technology, STEM, computer, journalism, video production, and fitness.

Cario students compete in numerous local, state, and national academic challenges, and win top awards. Students began a daily news show this year and also participate in a variety of clubs.

Coming up tonight on News 2 at 5, we’ll take a look at how Cario is incorporating movement into learning.

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