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Mason Preparatory School

Private | 1-8 | 323 students

MPS is known for our family feel and our excellent high school preparation.

 
 

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Posted December 17, 2012

Mason Prep School (MPS) offers an exceptional learning environment for boys and girls. The headmaster (Mr. Kreutner) is outstanding and the education is second to none. The school does an excellent job of promoting self confidence and teamwork within and across the grades. The environment sets a solid foundation in education and good citizenship so the students can continue to excel beyond MPS. We are confident that we made the best choice when choosing schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2012

Mason Prep is one of a kind. We have an amazing principal and incredible teachers all of whom are committed to the individual success of the children. Rigorous academics in a nurturing environment equals WIN WIN for my daughters. We couldn't be happier with our choice of MPS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2012

I absolutely recommend Mason Prep both as an alumna and a parent of a first and third grader. Miss. Mason founded the school based on important fundamentals, such as: a democratic structure in which students elect a 'city council', an overall excellent standard of education, the importance of volunteerism, the power in working together and a well rounded curriculum . Students from day one are greeted by name. Teachers reward good deeds, behavior and skills via 'The Nice Knight', 'King of the Day' and special recognition during assembly. Older students are paired with younger students as 'pen pals'. Miss. Mason knew the importance and power of good manners and a hand-written note. Most of the staff have advanced degrees and have been with the school for many years. They go above and beyond to encourage and motivate each student. 7th and 8th graders learn how to volunteer. Parents are highly encouraged to participate and the PTO runs like a small business. If you like the feel of a small, nurturing, welcoming school that will fully prepare your child academically, emotionally and socially...Mason Prep delivers value and results.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2012

As a parent of a Mason Prep graduate, I can't say enough about this school. The teachers are excellent, committed and dedicated. Many have been there for more than 10 years: this speaks volumes. It is a rigorous academic setting with attention to the most important fundamentals of education, good citizenship and leadership. Each grade-level teacher works diligently to prepare each child for the next grade to follow. As a result, the students are incredibly well prepared as they move upward and into high school and life outside of Mason Prep's walls. The new leadership is strong, forward thinking, approachable and on top of current trends in education, learning and policy. The education your child receives at Mason Prep is the best in town and most definitely the greatest value in a friendly competitive independent school environment. But perhaps one of the most endearing and important qualities Mason Prep offers is a strong and sincere feeling of "family." My child's friends from elementary school and their families remain our closest friends, many years after matriculating. We feel so fortunate that we chose Mason Prep and would do it all over again if we had the chance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2012

We are the parents of a 7th and 3rd grader at Mason Prep. We have not had a single negative experience with the school in our seven years. From an academic standpoint, the teachers do an excellent job of not only teaching the required materials but also keeping an eye on each individual child to make sure they fully comprehend the material. If there is ever an issue, the teacher will do whatever it takes to resolve the problem even if it means giving freely of their own personal time. The teachers and administration not only know each child by name, they are also well aware of their individual personalities and demeanor. As such, they are very attuned to any problems that may arise. It is this individual attention that our children receive that makes this school stand out in the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2012

GREAT SCHOOL!!!!!! Very warm family enviroinment, teachers are very caring and supportive.We are very pleased that we have found Mason Prep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2012

I am a student at Mason Preparatory School. I have enjoyed the school for many years now and it offers great experiences and oppertunities! In my opinion you need to put your child in this school if you want them to have a good education. YOUR child will have great friends and there is no bullying what so ever. You will love the teachers and staff who are very involved with you children. YOUR child will be super prepared for highschool. Your child will love everything about this school. WHAT A GREAT ENVIREMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted March 15, 2010

I am a parent of a 4th and 2nd grader and we absolutely love this school! I certainly don't agree with the writer that the teachers are uncaring. The school does expect much from the student but this is only to mold them into responsible and caring citizens. Our children are our future! The faculty/staff/teachers are exceptional in every way...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

It is a great school and it helps me laern quick.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2008

Our child has enjoyed this school for the last 3 years. The shool is challenging and offers study's one year in advance of the grade. The staff and teachers are very involved with the children and parents. This is school is for those students that take learning seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

We were in the public school system until this year, when my son started Mason Prep as a 3rd Grader. I was shocked to read about the parents who felt that the 'Teachers were extremely uptight with little caring attitude shown to students' This is the exact opposite of my experience. The teachers have communicated with us via e-mail or phone at least twice weekly, we had a 1 hour conference with both teachers to help us adapt to our son's learning style, and everyone has been very positive and helpful. The enviroment is nuturing and supportive and my son has thrived here. We are involved parents and that may help beacuse they know we want the best education for our son. We couldn't be more pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2008

Mason is for serious students with a superior family support. Mason EXPECTS this. Parents can be treated shabbily by other Mason parents who are not available for PTA and volunteering during the day (being a scientist isn t conducive to that, so I was shunned at first). Mason Prep 3rd graders use 4th grade textbooks (and they are labeled as such), so it is a deliberately advanced curriculum. The small school allows for every child to be known by all faculty. The location is great for MUSC faculty, who are 2 blocks away. I recommend Mason if your child is very self-motivated, extremely self-disciplined, and highly independent from the first grade (less than that makes for a painful experience).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

Certainly not a school for everyone. My child was miserable at this school during 1st and 2nd grades. Teachers were extremely uptight with little caring attitude shown to students. My child forgot to 'love learning.' Asking questions in class was not welcomed. Grading not objective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2004

This is a wonderful school. My kids have thrived here. Everyone knows you by name and sincerely care about your kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 50%
Asian 2% N/A
Black 1% 43%
Hispanic 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:45 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Erik Kreutner
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (843) 723-1104

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Families Experiencing Science
  • Foreign language club: French
  • Game club
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$9000 - $10000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Academic Magnet High School
Bishop England High School
Wando High School
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56 Halsey Blvd
Charleston, SC 29401
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Phone: (843) 723-0664

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