Hand Middle School

District: Richland 1  /  Site Since 1999

Tucked into the shady streets of a Shandon neighborhood sits a 91-year-old icon. Hand Middle School, with its 1930s architecture, is a state-of-the-art learning facility serving over 900 students in grades 6-8, drawn from a 40-square mile region. Greeting students daily is a faculty of 75 highly qualified educators whose mission is to support learners in upholding the Five A’s of Hand: academics, arts, attendance, athletics, and attitude. In Richland School District One, Hand is one of 50 schools that follow the district mission statement: We are Richland One. A leader in transforming lives, empowering all students to achieve their potential and dreams. Richland One is an urban district serving close to 24,000 students and has been providing 100% of the students with free & reduced lunch for three years. Richland One, along with Hand, offers Gifted and Talented Arts programs in the areas of dance and theatre. In addition, Hand offers band, chorus, orchestra, visual art and creative writing. Displayed student work is celebrated on walls outside of classrooms and indicates the arts integration that is embedded in the faculty’s instruction. Hand is proud that while 80% of its students are enrolled in fine arts classes, 100% of its students receive arts training through arts enhanced lessons school wide. The school has been a DAP grant recipient since 2008. In 2004 Hand was named a Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award Winner by the Kennedy Center. A year later Hand was featured in Third Space: When Learning Matters, a comparative study of schools that excel in arts integration. These distinctions eventually lead to Hand being featured as one of ten schools chosen to appear in a national documentary on arts integration by Lavine.

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2600 Wheat Street
Columbia, SC 29205

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