Angel Oak Elementary is a Title I school that is driven by the concepts of differentiation, student engagement and the integration of the arts in all classrooms. Our school supports all students in developing the World Class Skills of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by focusing on the use of student-driven, data-informed instruction that cultivates creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Through the use of arts-integrated strategies tied to rigorous standards, students are challenged to explore and express learning in engaging and creative ways.
Teachers use data regularly to differentiate instruction for students based on individual needs and to challenge students through higher order questioning and innovative lesson design. Students are provided with extensive related arts classes that support whole-child learning including dance, music, visual art, physical education and Spanish. Character development and PBIS programs are implemented that promote individual and collaborative efficacy, self-direction, empathy, compassion and the development of a global perspective. The school has developed a STEAM makerspace where students can explore design and engineering processes in creative and collaborative ways. Every classroom has a SMART board and 1:1 iPads to enable every student to keep pace with our ever changing world of technology.
Students are offered twelve different after school club opportunities including drama club, girls club, boys club, Spanish club, student council, cooking club, and a competition-winning robotics team. Our school also supports a championship winning tennis team and baseball teams that play in collaboration with our local community league. Students work with the community and local universities to care for a garden on campus and have learned to be good stewards of our earth through composting and recycling. Our Angel Oak Family has participated in many academic, social, and community activities this year. These include: Literacy and Math Family Nights, Multicultural Day, Reading Partners, breakfasts for family members, a musical production of 101 Dalmatians and several art competitions.
Increased communication and community support has helped PTA membership to increase by five times this year since 2016-17. Our SIC (School Improvement Council) has been dedicated to supporting literacy development and an increase in scores in our data is a direct, positive reflection of our efforts. Our teachers and staff analyze data regularly and use it to inform instruction.
All grades 2nd-5th increased in percentages of Students Meeting or Exceeding MAP yearly MAP goals in Reading (most growth: 3rd grade increased by 38%). All grades 2nd-5th also increased in percentages of Students Meeting or Exceeding MAP yearly goals in Math (most growth: 2nd grade increased by 22%, 3rd grade increased by 31%). Our SC READY score average in Reading for grades 3rd-5th increased over 15% from 2018 to 2019.
Angel Oak has exceptional community partners such as Kiawah Cares, Engaging Creative Minds, Reading Partners, Our Lady of Mercy, and Communities in Schools which assist both teachers and students with academic and material needs.
Angel Oak Elementary was awarded a SmART Literacy Grant (over 2.1 million dollars) with ArtsNow to support Arts Integration training for teachers, artist residencies and arts experiences for students for the next 3 school years. Angel Oak was also celebrated as an exemplar school in the Project About School Safety (PASS) 2 year research study by USC and CCSD showing notable gains in: increasing attendance, increasing overall MAP test scores, increasing family engagement and supporting students’ social and emotional well-being through PBIS. We also received a Wellness Award and grant from MUSC for “Outstanding Effort to Create a Culture of Wellness in Your School”. Angel Oak Elementary School teachers continue to receive Charleston Marathon and TangerKids grants to support innovative learning in our school for the 2019-20 school year.