Cool School: Laing Middle School of Science and Technology

Laing Middle School of Science and Technology offers a unique approach to education, and uses tools of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to make learning more interesting and engaging.  We're in Mount Pleasant for our Cool School of the week.

Laing Middle School of Science & Technology opened up a state of the art facility this school year.   The partial magnet school has more than 11-hundred students in six through eighth grade.  Laing is an award winning PBIS (Positive Behavior and Intervention Supports) school.   Students are taught and follow the Laing Pride rules.  Students demonstrate  personal responsibility, respect, initiative, diligence, effective behaviors in all areas of the building.

Laing has an award winning fine arts program, orchestra, chorus, band, and drama.  STEM tools are  used to enhance every subject, including English, Social Studies, and fine arts.  Principal Jay Whitehair says hard  work from the school's dedicated teachers and wonderful student has made Laing one of the premier middle schools in the state.  He says, "We have some of the most outstanding teachers that you will ever see, and our students,  our student body what I see daily, the quality of work they produce, it blows me away. It's amazing.  We're able to offer a variety of different courses, marine science, forensic, science, medical detectives, lego robotics. We have an award winning fine arts program."

Eighth grade student Will Bumgarner says, "Laing Middle School is a Cool School because they're so many learning opportunities you can have  here, and the environment is good."  Teacher of the year Alexandra Tombs says,

"Laing is an excellent school. Out students are amazing.  The teachers here are fantastic, and everyone here really cares about all of the students and their learning.  Laing Middle School is a Cool School because of all the opportunities we offer for our students. Besides just our core classes, our related arts classes are very different."

Laing is a Palmetto Gold award winning school, with an excellent rating on the state's school report card.  Laing Middle School of Science and Technology was named one of the top ten STEM schools and  one of the top three STEM middle schools in the nation.  Students recently won first place in the CCSD middle school math bowl.

Coming up tonight on News 2 at 5, we'll take a look at Laing's technology focus,  including it's unique and interactive Fab Lab.

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