Meadow Glen Middle School earns milestone EL Education Credential
Lexington, SC - Meadow Glen Middle School, which opened its doors in August of 2012 as the first EL Education school in South Carolina, seeks to personalize each student’s experience in a service-minded culture where all learners have opportunity and access to highly engaging instruction. Now MGMS joins a prestigious list of schools earning an EL Education Credential. In fact, only 36 schools nationwide have earned the distinction of becoming an EL Education Credentialed School. MGMS is South Carolina’s first. “The EL Education Credential marks a milestone on each school’s journey to put character and quality work on equal footing with the mastery of knowledge and skills,” says Mark Conrad, Chief Schools Officer at EL Education. What does an EL Education look like? EL Education defines achievement as mastery in three areas, all of which are powerfully associated with success in college and career — character, high-quality student work, and mastery of knowledge and skills. To develop character, MGMS has established consistent schoolwide “Habits of Scholarship,” such as tenacity, leadership, communication, collaboration and integrity. The entire school community works daily on practicing the Habits of Scholarship both in and out of school. A 6th-Grade parent reflected, “My 6th-grader has taken his learning of the Habits of Scholarship and applied it beyond the classroom and school. He is more open toward serving others, being a true leader on the baseball field, and applying integrity and tenacity at home as well as with his youth group at church. He completes tasks with only one direction and often just because he sees the need.” All MGMS students participate in case studies, research and service learning connected to academic standards and toward building a better world. Students and teachers have participated in countless projects and touched the lives of children in foster care, flood victims in our community, individuals needing hurricane relief in Houston, Texas, and families in Africa. Grade levels study different expedition topics — Rules to Live By, What’s the Cost?, Take a Stand — giving students the opportunity to thoughtfully debate and research numerous points of view each year. Students and staff learn from experts, to think globally and to act locally in order to contribute to building a better world. The MGMS learning community is committed to challenging students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of a subject, to apply what they learn and to present evidence of their growth.
“It is truly an honor for Meadow Glen Middle to be designated as an EL Education Credentialed School,” said MGMS Principal Dr. Bill Coon. “Through our amazing partnership with EL Education and Lexington County School District One, we are inspired and equipped to pursue EL’s mission, ‘To create classrooms where teachers can fulfill their highest aspirations and students achieve more than they think possible, becoming active contributors to building a better world.’”
“[The] meaning of CREW is creating relationships and exploring within, but CREW is a lot more than that. CREW has been a place to reflect on ourselves as people and as students — a place to be ourselves despite what other people might think.” — 8th-Grade Student