Luther Vaughan Elementary School is committed to providing a safe, caring, and academically challenging learning environment for its students. The school's goal of offering a challenging and meaningful curriculum with high student engagement and real-world connections aligns well with the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate.
By focusing on the 4 C's (critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication), Luther Vaughan Elementary aims to provide a robust academic experience through differentiated, student-centered instruction. The school implements various programs and approaches, such as Next Steps to Guided Reading (NSGR), project-based learning, 1:1 devices, guided math, LETRS curriculum, and the Fountas and Pinnell literacy program to ensure a solid foundation of mastery in all content areas.
The integration of educational technology is a key aspect of the curriculum at Luther Vaughan Elementary. Teachers and students regularly use technology for research, project-based learning, and other activities to increase engagement, foster creativity, improve communication skills, and encourage collaboration. Students have access to tools like iReady, DreamBox, and other supplemental education resources, while the media specialist collaborates with teachers and students to support creative ways of sharing ideas through research and technology.
The school counseling department plays a vital role in supporting students by providing character education, parent education, mentoring programs, classroom instruction, small group intervention, and individual counseling. The counselor conducts regular classroom guidance lessons and organizes opportunities for students to interact with colleges, inspiring and guiding them toward future success.
Luther Vaughan Elementary also prioritizes the development of financial literacy skills through the establishment of The Champion Savers Credit Union, an in-house, school-based branch of a local credit union. This initiative helps students understand the importance of financial literacy, apply math skills in real-world contexts, and enhance their communication skills through bank-related activities. Students have real bank accounts, enabling them to start saving at an early age and develop good financial habits.
The school values the partnership between parents, the community, and the school. Families are encouraged to be involved in their child's education through classroom visits, shared meals, attending student performances, and participating in parenting seminars organized by the home school coordinator. Collaboration with community organizations allows Luther Vaughan Elementary to provide essential resources such as school supplies and support for teachers and staff.
In summary, Luther Vaughan Elementary School is dedicated to nurturing the "Whole Child" by focusing on academic growth, character development, financial literacy, and fostering strong partnerships with families and the community. With its theme of "Reaching Our Academic Dreams on the Road to Success," the school aims to develop creative thinkers and responsible leaders who excel as global 21st century learners.
Mrs. Cynthia Peeler, SIC Chair
Dr. Loretta Holmes, Principal