• Innovative Programs


    The Montessori Program of Marion County School District is located within the Academy of Early Learning in Mullins, SC.  This program currently serves students by application only in 4K-3rd grade. The Montessori method views children as they really are and creates environments which foster the fulfillment of their highest potential - emotional, physical, and intellectual - as members of a family and the world community. The high level of academic achievement so common in Montessori schools is a natural outcome of experience in such a supportive environment. The Montessori Method of education is a model which serves the needs of children of all levels of mental and physical ability as they live and learn in a natural, mixed-age group which is very much like the society they will live in as adults.      Please contact Mrs. Farrah Owens at the Academy of Early Learning 843-464-3725 or fwoodberry@marion.k12.sc.us for more information. 


    The Early College High School for Marion County School District is located within Mullins High School and serves qualifying students in grades 9-12 from the entire school district.  Students who are selected for this program will receive credit both for high school and college.  Contact Mr. Michael Stone at 843-4641941 or mstone@marion.k12.sc.us.


    Academy for Careers and Technology serves high school students in Marion County School District. ACT strives to help all students to develop world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the SC Graduate by providing a safe, caring, and academically challenging learning environment. We provide this environment through the implementation of our vision: for every student who successfully completes a program of study to be gainfully employed, enrolled in a post-secondary educational program, or join the military. We demonstrate the vision by challenging our students using the best teaching practices to reach their full potential and by continuous professional development of our teachers in the following technical programs: Auto Collision Repair, Auto Technology, Computer Assisted Drafting and Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Entertainment Technology, Mechatronics, Practical Nursing, and Sports Medicine. For more information, contact Mr. Michael Stone at 843-423-1941 or mstone@marion.k12.sc.us

    Creek Bridge STEM Academy

    Creek Bridge STEM Academy houses the district STEM program and serves students in grades K-8.  The STEM lab uses the curriculum from SmartLab.  Teachers incorporated STEM connected activities within the South Carolina College and Career Readiness Standards. For more information, contact Dr. Lashay Barksdale at lbarksdale@marion.k12.sc.us.  

    Flexible Learning Academy

    The Marion County School District Virtual Academy serves students in grades K-12.  For more information, please contact the Director of Student Services at 843-423-1811. 


    Students who are in kindergaten through sixth grade will have fress access to virtual keyboarding course. Staff members from each school will participate in ongoing professional development to utilize the program offered by SC Department of Education. The Elementary Keyboarding Program supports personalized and customized education for every student through an online choice option for keyboarding instruction. The primary objectives of the Elementary Keyboarding Projects are: 

    • To provide instruction in alphabetic keyboarding to students in grades K-6. 
    • To provide instruction and practice in navigation through online open educational resources and activities. 
    • To provide opportunity for students to compose paragraphs, short answers, or essay responses at the keyboard in a timely manner from writing prompts provided in the course. 


     Students in grades K-8th will be able to participate in Palmetto Digital Literacy program sponsored by the South Carolina Deparment of Education. Teachers and students will use Learning.com to gain access to the program.

Last Modified on February 21, 2023