Stone Academy’s mission is to prepare all students for lifelong learning by actively engaging students in a comprehensive and sequential academic program interwoven with the arts and enriched with creative problem solving experiences appropriate for all learning styles. Stone serves 645 students in kindergarten and first through fifth grades. The school population consists of 72% Caucasian students, 18% African American students, 5% two or more race students, 4% Hispanic students, and 1% Asian students, and 24% of students receive subsidized meals. Located in the heart of Greenville’s urban Earle Street Historic District, Stone is an inner city arts magnet school where students experience an arts-integrated curriculum. It serves a downtown neighborhood assigned to the school as well as students from across the district who apply to attend. Greenville County Schools offer the ARMES (Arts Reaching Middle and Elementary Students) program as after school classes for those who are artistically gifted and talented. Related arts offerings include dance, drama, music, visual arts, and strings as well as after-school enrichment classes based in the visual and performing arts. Grants funded include a Target 2000 grant to implement arts standards (1995, 1996, 1998, 1999), a KABOOM grant to improve the playground (2004), and a Lowe’s grant to make the inner courtyard into an outdoor classroom (2006). Awards include an Exemplary Writing Program award from the South Carolina Writing Network (1997), the Dick and Tunky Riley School Improvement Award (2010), and a federal grant from Safe Routes to School (2015). In 2011 Stone was named a Palmetto’s Finest Finalist and received its fifth consecutive Palmetto Gold Award in 2016.