Friday, July 31, 2009

Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science

The Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science, grades 6-8, is the newest school to serve the residents of North Charleston, and will be opening for the upcoming school year. Zucker Middle will be a catalyst for young minds that are interested in pursuing careers in science and math.

North Charleston Mayor R. Keith Summey took a tour of the school as construction nears completion. Here are the photos from his tour:
Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science
According to the Charleston County School District, “Teachers at Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science teach the state standards and Charleston County School District's Coherent Core Curriculum.” Interwoven amongst their standard classes, are highly specialized courses that will be challenging, yet comprehensive in the field of science. “Students observe situations, ask questions, develop hypotheses, conduct tests, and analyze data to draw conclusions. This approach is integrated into all core subject areas for a hands-on and comprehensive education.”

The school has been built to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, offering energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

The library is one of the most charming features of the school. It is arranged in a lounge type setting that is similar to a coffee shop or cafĂ©. The beautiful woodwork and perched view of the school’s courtyard will provide a comforting setting for the students to study.

Zucker Middle will be home to all students zoned for the school with 100 available seats for students zoned for Morningside Middle and Alice Birney Middle.

Since Zucker Middle is designed, from the curriculum to the classroom, to foster the study of science, Principal Sheryl Biss and her assistant principals are all science educators. This will provide a unique perspective to administering a school of this type.

Jerry Zucker Middle School of Science is located at 6401 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29418. School will commence at 9:00am and will dismiss at 4:00pm.

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