Cool School: Hursey Elementary

Malcolm C. Hursey Elementary School in North Charleston continues to make academic gains, as students and staff embrace Montessori education.   We’re in Charleston county for our Cool School of the week.

Malcolm C. Hursey Elementary is a partial magnet school, and is a reflection of the community it serves.  Hursey teaches both Montessori programs and traditional classes, with 360 students in 3-K through 8th grades.

In the Montessori classroom, students work with specially designed materials to master a particular lesson.  The Title-One school has transformed into a thriving environment,  Currently Hursey has a B-plus rating..

School principal Dr. Tim Schavel says students have reached and even surpassed their academic goals.  Dr. Schavel says, “Students are doing great.  We were an “At Risk” failing school six years ago. We’ve moved up the rankings to an “Average” rating from an “At Risk” rating.  Our rating was from an F to a B, so we’re seeing lots of growth and we’re excited about that.  Hursey has always been a Cool School, but I feel right now we’re offering unique programs.  We preach and practice peaceful education, we’re a peace school and we provide students with an amazing education.”  Fifth-grade student Ny’asia Singleton says, “I like this school because it’s fun, and you can do a lot of creative things, and I really like the garden because we can grow our own fruits and vegetables.”   Five-year-old Molly Janes is in the school’s Montessori primary program. She says, “I like it because the lessons are cool.”   Susan Ash serves as the school’s PTA president.  “I love the fact there is a Montessori school in my neighborhood that is a mile and half from my house that both of my children get to attend from the time they’re three until the time they’re in the 8th grade,” says Ash.

Hursey Elementary has a strong and active PTA . Last year, they raised 16-thousand dollars for students and school projects.

Coming up tonight on News 2 at 5., we’ll take a closer look at Hursey’s Montessori program and school garden.

We want to hear about the good things that are going on at your school.   Just send an email to Octavia at omitchell@

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