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  • MSA-Charleston: 2008
  • MSA-Spartanburg: 2012
  • MSEB- N. Charleston: 2014


  • MSA - Charleston (PK3 – 5th): 216  students.  
  • MSA - Spartanburg (PK3 – 3rd): 182 students. 
  • MSEB - North Charleston (PK3 - 3rd): 421 students


  • MSA – Charleston is located in a state-of-the-art, newly constructed building at 642 Meeting Street in Charleston, SC.
  • MSA – Spartanburg is located in the heart of downtown Spartanburg, SC in the Broadwalk Building at 201 East Broad Street.  
  • MSE @Brentwood is located in North Charleston, SC at 2685 Leeds Avenue.


MSA’s curriculum is specifically designed to prepare students to attend college and to compete with graduates of the finest schools in the nation.  Preschool children receive a rigorous, literacy‚Äźbased program that prepares them to enter kindergarten ready to become successful readers and writers.  In elementary grades, MSA strives for excellence by offering a comprehensive and challenging program including: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Spanish and the Arts.

School Calendar

MSA’s year-round calendar maintains a balanced approach towards academics and outside student-life. By eliminating the “summer setback” that occurs with extended time away from academics, more class time can be devoted to learning new material rather than reviewing content from the previous year.

School Day

MSA believes that maximizing the hours spent at school is of great benefit to children from our demographic.  Therefore, we provide an extended school day that begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:30 pm, with an optional 3:30pm to 6:00pm program.   


To meet the needs of our students MSA provides a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack every day, and subsidizes the cost of uniforms. Students also receive medical and dental check-ups at the school through a partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina.

Student : Faculty Ratio

9:1 overall (varies by grade level).


History of MSA

JJUly 2016

Phase 2 construction completed at Meeting Street Academy-Charleston. The building is open to students!

September 2015

Meeting Street Academy-Charleston started Phase 2 construction of its main campus.  Additional classrooms are being built to accommodate more students in the downtown Charleston location.

August, 2014

Meeting Street Schools opened Meeting Street Elementary @ Brentwood with the Charleston County School District, the first public-private educational partnership of its kind in South Carolina.

May, 2014

MSA founder Ben Navarro participated in TEDxCharleston, inspiring the Charleston community and beyond with his story of educational success with children from all backgrounds. 

JULY, 2012

MSA-Charleston hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new facility at 642 Meeting Street.  Governor Nikki Haley, Mayor Joseph P. Riley, and State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais participated in the event and celebrated the accomplishments of Meeting Street Academy.

MSA celebrated the opening of its second school in Spartanburg, SC: MSA-Spartanburg.

JULY, 2011

MSA elected to move to an extended school year calendar to better meet the needs of the students served.

JUNE, 2011

U.S. Congressman Tim Scott visited MSA–Charleston and inspired our students with the story of his upbringing under circumstances similar to those faced by many of our MSA families.  Congressman Scott stressed the critical importance of education on the path to becoming a leader in the community.


Groundbreaking at the site of MSA-Charleston’s flagship school at 642 Meeting Street, with Mayor Joseph P. Riley serving as Master of Ceremonies.  


South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford visited Meeting Street Academy.

MSA hosted visitors from various parts of South Carolina who were interested in observing first-hand the learning environment that was generating impressive results with our first group of young students. One of these visitors was inspired to propose a partnership with MSA-Charleston to develop a second Meeting Street Academy in Spartanburg, SC.  Shortly thereafter, it was announced that MSA–Spartanburg would open its doors in July 2012.

AUGUST, 2010

South Carolina Gubernatorial Candidate Nikki Haley, who was elected Governor in November 2010, visited MSA-Charleston and launched the education platform of her campaign from our site.

MAY, 2010

MSA-Charleston graduated its first kindergarten class.  All students entered first grade with the ability to read grade-level and above grade-level texts.


The City of Charleston generously leased/donated land at 642 Meeting Street (corner of Meeting and Cool Blow Streets) for the future site of MSA-Charleston’s flagship school.

AUGUST, 2008

MSA-Charleston opened its doors in a temporary location, 1156 King Street, to forty-five preschoolers, ages three and four. 


MSA’s founders met with Mayor Joseph P. Riley to discuss the concept of Meeting Street Academy.  Mayor Riley was so inspired by the school’s premise and the founder’s generosity that he began working to secure a site for MSA-Charleston’s future flagship school.

MAY, 2006

A small group of Charleston citizens began to ponder the need for a school that would provide a high quality college preparatory education to students who were assigned to failing public schools in our city. MSA was created as a result of the belief that a child’s zip code should not determine his or her educational opportunities.