Pine Street Elementary

District: Spartanburg 7  /  Site Since 1990

The mission of the arts at Pine Street School is to provide every child with a substantive, comprehensive, sequential education in the arts, to use the arts as a means to create deeper meaning in all content areas and support 21st Century learning skills. An inner-city, neighborhood school of choice, Pine has 686 students, 6 grade levels and 35% free/reduced lunch. Pine Street Elementary School was one of the original ABC model sites. Artsploration, conceived and developed by former music and art teachers Mary Koutroulias and Anne Predmore, has a fine reputation. Dance, music, and visual arts are taught weekly by certified arts specialists. A part-time, district funded theater teacher provides theater for students on a semester basis. A long-term drama residency provides classroom teachers with arts infusion. Professional development for each teacher in arts infusion is made available through Spartanburg 7 and the ABC Arts Advancement Grant. Every year the students work with professional artists in a weeklong arts residency. Culminating the week is Evening with the Arts which includes student performances that showcase the work done during artists’ week. Each student’s artwork is exhibited. Pine Street joins Muse Machine, a performing arts club. Membership entitles students to attend community arts events at reduced rates and provides Pine Street with 3 professional performances at school. Pine Street School has 2 choral groups, Pine Street Dance Ensemble and hosts performances yearly. Pine Street Art Club, a visual arts club, serves 5th grade. 4th and 5th grades participate in Drama Club. Drama Club is during the school day and is available to the students who do not attend the academically gifted program. Pine Street participates in a yearly production with singers, dancers, actors and backstage crew made up of students and a cast of 300. Pine Street has received ABC and DAP grants since the Target 2000 years and been recognized as Excellent on the State Report Card. Pine received SC School of Excellence in Art Education by the SC Alliance for Arts Education.

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500 South Pine Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302

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