Cool School: Sand Hill Elementary

The goal at the new state of the art Sand Hill Elementary School in the Summers Corner community is to create lifelong learners who exemplify character, leadership, achievement, safety, and service.   We’re in Dorchester county for our Cool School of the week.

Sand Hill Elementary School opened this year, in a state of the art building in the Summers Point community.  The school serves 678 students in pre-k through 5th grade from a broad section of Dorchester county. Students have access to advanced technology including HP Streams, iPads, interactive smart boards, media production room, engineering lab, and five computer labs.  The school also has an outdoor classroom.  Principal Dr. Wally Baird says, “We are focused on three words, learning, growing, and serving.  Our school is a cool school because of the children, teachers, and communities, the support that we have from families.  We are a smaller school, so we can really focus on those relationships. The children, parents, and families make a huge difference and make our school cool.”  First-grade student Audrey Murray says, “All the teachers are nice to me, and my friends are nice and I just like this school.”  “For me, it’s a dream come true to be able to work here, and to have a phenomenal staff.  The kids are amazing. The leadership is phenomenal,” says Lisa Bailey-Peters, the school’s Title-One facilitator and reading coach.  Fifth-grade student Leland Reynolds says, “The principal is really nice.  We do a lot of fun stuff. We do stuff in science like experiments. It’s just a lot going on at this school that makes this school awesome.”

Teachers have received more than four-thousand in grants already this school year.  Sand Hill has active parents with more than 180 volunteers.  Parent programs include All Pro Dads, Grandparents breakfast, and mom events.

Coming up tonight on News 2 at 5, we’ll tell you about Sand Hill’s clubs, service learning projects, and special pal Harper.

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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