McKissick Academy of Science and Technology

MAST Sharks LogoMcKissick Elementary School is set to transform into the McKissick Academy of Science & Technology in the fall of 2018!

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 MAST will be committed to giving students an edge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education, and it
 will introduce a Project-Based Learning curriculum based on the "three pillars" of STEM: Biomedical Science, Computer Science, and Engineering Design.

On January 22, the school board approved MAST's five year plan to integrate its project-based curriculum. In addition to project-based learning in all classrooms, students will have access to the "Shark Tank," a computer lab and maker-space in which students will have the opportunity to showcase their observations. New principal Heather Touchberry is currently in the process of providing professional development for staff to prepare for the new theme, and making key hires such as a full-time computer science teacher to guarantee that students have unique STEM instruction.


McKissick will offer a Montessori program in a “school-within-a-school” setting with two Montessori classrooms.  The Montessori Method of education is a child-centered educational approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physical, social, emotional, cognitive. The Montessori Primary Class will be for grades 3K through 5K and the Montessori Lower Elementary program will be for grades 1st through 3rd. The 2018-2019 school year will be a transition year with Montessori enrollment open only for 3K through 1st grade. 

Students who live in the McKissick Elementary School zone are automatically approved to attend MAST. Students who are currently zoned for McKissick, but who will be zoned for another school in 2018-2019 will be approved to attend MAST as long as families can provide their own transportation. The school also encourages students outside the McKissick zone to attend on school choice. The district does not provide transportation for students attending outside the school’s zone. If the number of school choice applications exceed school capacity, the school district will use a lottery system to determine admission. The application period for students to school choice into MAST will run from February 7 until March 14. The school will begin to notify applicants about acceptance on March 28.

The school will also hold several informational meetings:

  • February 5 - Three meetings will be held for families already zoned for McKissick.
    • 8:30 a.m. at 11:30 a.m. at the school (156 McKissick Road, Easley)
    • 11:30 a.m. at the school
    • 6:00 p.m. at the Dream Center (111 Hillcrest Drive, Easley)
  • February 12 - 6:00 p.m. at the school. Interested families from all attendance areas are encouraged to attend.


Families who are currently zoned for McKissick will receive a letter of intent in the mail on January 24, which they are encouraged to fill out and return to the school by February 2. These letters will help the district determine how many spots are open for school choice.