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Cool School: First Baptist School

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Students thrive in a Christian based strong academic setting in the heart of downtown Charleston. First Baptist School is our Cool School of the week.

First Baptist is a co-ed independent Christian school set on a historic downtown Charleston campus. The college prep school has 475 students in K-2- through 12th grade. First Baptist School of Charleston was established as a mission of the First Baptist Church of Charleston in 1949.

The lower school building and kindergarten annex were built around the end of World War Two. Hamrick Hall, the new state of the art middle school building, opened at the beginning of this school year.

Head of School Thomas Mullins says FBS offers academic excellence with a Christian perspective. Mullins says, "It is a Cool School. It's a small independent school with a Christian perspective. We are open to all populations, very diverse group of kids. It's a school that's family oriented, that's what I think is one of our strengths, family, parents, students, and teachers treat each other like one big family." Senior Darian Blakely says, "They really prepare you for college. The SGA helps you get leadership roles and then we have to do community service, which helps you know about what's going on in the community and helping people that need it." Senior Kellen Hiott says, "We're all family here, because it's such a small school so it's great to have a support system for everything. We're always there for each other." Junior Culler Bennett says, "The teachers at the school, the academic opportunities we offer, the sporting events are always a blast. I enjoy going to those. Many athletes play multiple sports like myself, I play basketball and golf. Those are some of the coolest things about this school." "The teachers are nice, and you learn a lot, and you don't get in trouble," says second grade student Aurelia Valentine. English teacher Anne Hall says, "I have been a teacher for ten years and have never really experienced such a loving excited to be around each other group of students. They're friendly, supportive, there is such a strong sense of community here."

One-hundred-percent of First Baptist seniors are accepted at a college or university. The class of 2013 received more than 3.1-million-dollars in scholarship offers.

FBS students are involved in many community projects including city and beach sweeps, the Ronald McDonald House, Operation Christmas Child, and volunteering at local nursing homes.

Coming up Wednesday on News 2 Today, we'll take a closer look at the academic, athletics, and fine arts program offered at First Baptist.

We want to hear about the good things going on at your school. Send an email to Octavia at omitchell@wcbd.com, maybe your school will be the next Cool School of the week.

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