McDonald Green Elementary

District: Lancaster  /  Site Since 2008

McDonald Green Elementary School is an Arts Integrated neighborhood K-5 school in rural Lancaster, SC, whose teachers incorporate visual arts, drama, music, and dance into their weekly curriculum to bring learning to life, ensure permanency of knowledge, and appeal to multiple learning styles. The mission of McDonald Green is the development of independent learners and responsible citizens who value diversity and the arts. An arts supply closet, a set of theatre props and scripts, an interactive garden space with farm animals and art installations, electronic pianos, and regular arts integration professional development are available to all teachers to provide the needed materials and skills for creative lessons. Once a year all students and faculty participate in a science/arts field day that infuses both curriculums through hands on learning stations. Each grade level participates in a performance or art show in the school auditorium, goes on a field trip to watch a live performance, and benefits from artists in residence that specialize in metallurgy, shag dancing, theatre production, clay, or paint. Students have the opportunity to be involved in several district arts events and display their work in downtown Lancaster. These events span from art competitions, Honors Choir, the Banner Project, designing art future town installations with a professional artist, to an art show. McDonald Green also has a 21st Century after school program that offers a variety of arts courses in visual art, crafts, dance fitness, drama, theatre tech, and percussion. The exceptional staff serves a total of 525 students with a diverse demographic including a balanced ratio of African American and Caucasian students as well as a 10% Hispanic population, many of whom receive ESOL services. 69% of these students qualify for free and reduced lunch. McDonald Green has been a DAP grant recipient for three years.

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2763 Lynwood Drive
Lancaster, SC 29720

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