Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy is a public charter school in its third Year served grades Kindergarten through Grade Six. Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy is unique within the charter district because it is the only rural charter school in the Pee Dee Area of South Carolina.
The staff consists of nine full time teachers, a virtual speech therapist, part-time psychologist, Social Emotional Learning Program Director, part-time Special Education Coordinator and 156 students. PDMSTA also has two Instructional Coaches, as well as a Reading Coach. Executive Director Bailey works closely with our Instructional Coaches.
In addition, several classified positions provide academic and/or school climate support, including clerical staff, and food service employees.
Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy has a team in place to help those students who are experiencing academic and/or behavioral difficulties. The team consisting of both school faculty and parents meet to put in place interventions to help students experience success in the classroom.
PDMSTA employs a Problem-based learning (PBL) approach. PBL challenges students to learn through engagement with real world problems. It is a model that develops problem solving and critical thinking strategies. PDMSTA also has a leaner rich classroom environment utilizing the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom (LATIC) model. In a LATIC classroom, the following principles are emphasized:
Learning From a Felt Need
High Academic Standards
Higher-Order, Open-Ended Problem-Solving
Student Responsibility for Learning
Individual Learning Paths
High Social Capital
Technology is a vehicle used to deliver and reinforce the school curriculum. Students and teachers utilize laptops, tablets, and iPads to research various projects that support the content area. Interactive whiteboards and student response systems are integrated daily across the curriculum. Various technology platforms are used to provide differentiated instruction to support student growth and progress. Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy’s mission is to develop innovative, confident, and self-motivated citizens through a math, science, and technology curriculum enhanced with collaborative community learning partnerships.
Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy strive toward increased student enrollment. We are proud to see that our percentage for student enrollment has increased tremendously each year. Additionally, Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy has set grade level academic performance goals in each content area with a school wide focus on supporting students in developing their skills in speaking and writing to facilitate individual and collaborative learning. Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy’s focus this year will be increasing the Writing and ELA achievement in all grades.
The PTO sponsors two Scholastic Book Fairs, Fall Festival, Golf Tournament, Read – A – Thon and many other fundraisers to assist in supporting student achievement. The School Improvement Council meets regularly to review the curriculum and academic progress. The school has a daily after school program that meets Monday through Friday. The after school program focuses on homework, Lego activities (STEM) and games.
Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy is proud to be a part of a productive community that takes an active interest in our school. The partnership we have formed with various churches, businesses and individuals has strengthened our program and services to our students and families.
Students are administered a MAP Assessment during the fall, winter, and spring. Parent teacher conferences are held in October, January ,and March to provide parents and teachers an opportunity to discuss in greater detail students’ report cards issued quarterly.
Our enrollment constitutes 69% African American students, 22.5% White students, 5.6% multiracial students and 2% other students.
Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy began its first year with grades Kindergarten through Grade two. As a result of an increased need for more grades, Grades three through five were added the second year and grade six the third year. We are proud of the generosity and giving spirit that is embodied in the students, parents, community members, faculty and staff of Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy.
Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy provides Family Math Night, Family Literacy Night, Science Night , Grandparents Breakfast Week and other events requiring parent involvement in a variety of ways. Parents are encouraged to participate in the PTO, volunteer to help at events, volunteer to help in the classrooms, as well as become classroom moms.
PDMSTA has a part time registered nurse on staff. A part-time psychologist provides social, emotional, support for students in several ways. MAP data shows math to be Grade three and Grade fours weakest performance areas whereas, Grade five’s weakest is reading. Pee Dee Math, Science and Technology Academy will continue working with teachers compiling and analyzing test data. In additional to compiling and analyzing test data, teachers will work collaboratively to develop new math strategies.
We are proud of the generosity and giving spirit that is embodied in the students, parents, community members, faculty and staff Of Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy.
Pee Dee Math, Science, and Technology Academy’s vision is
” A community working together to prepare students for success in a global economy.”