C.E. Williams Middle named a National School to Watch

C.E. Williams Middle named a National School to Watch
December 21 11:33 2017 Print This Article

C.E. Williams (CEW) Middle School for Creative and Scientific Arts has been selected by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform as a School to Watch (STW). CEW is the first school in the Charleston County School District (CCSD) to receive this designation.

CEW has about 640 students in grades 6-8 and is located off of Savannah Highway in West Ashley. This is the 6th year Principal Kevin Smith has been at the helm. The school is a partial magnet, accepting students from Ashley River Creative Arts and students in its attendance zone. All other CCSD students must apply with priority given to District 10 students and children of CCSD employees. A few students from the islands, North Charleston, and downtown attend but must provide their own transportation. CEW has about 50% of students receiving free and reduced lunch.

The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform evaluates a school in four areas when designating a STW. Those areas are academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, social equity, and organizational structure. Smith became familiar with the STW program when he served as an assistant middle school principal at the School of the Arts. After studying and implementing school-wide best practices, he felt the school was ready to submit an application in September 2017. When receiving the news, Smith said, “We are excited for our work to be recognized by STW. As a West Ashley native and product of C.E. Williams, I am humbled to be a part of our school receiving this award.”

The school will unveil its STW banner at an undetermined date in January. CEW will be featured at the South Carolina Middle School Conference in Myrtle Beach March 2-4, 2018, and will be recognized this summer at the Annual National Schools to Watch Conference in Washington, D.C. June 28-30, 2018.

Photos courtesy of Charleston County School District.