Arts Charter School to Open in Columbia: Midlands Arts Conservatory (MAC)
A committee of arts professionals, educators, parents and community members
is planning to open an arts charter school in Columbia. The Midlands Arts
Conservatory (MAC) will have a focus on the visual arts, theater, dance and
A public informational meeting for parents and the community will be held
on Monday January 11 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the Airport Campus of Midlands
Tech, 1260 Lexington Drive, West Columbia 29170.
MAC will provide a free, public education that effectively combines arts and
academics. If approved, the school will open in the Fall of 2017 with 6th and 7th
grades, and will add a grade level each year, reaching 12th grade in 2022. The
school will be free for any South Carolina resident student in the appropriate
grade level who has an interest in the arts and is willing to meet the high
academic expectations of the school.
For more information go to: http://www.midlandsartsconservatory.com and follow
us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/MidlandsArtsCon.
The school will be staffed with highly qualified arts and academic instructors in an
environment that provides training, exposure and practical application in the arts
and the integration of arts into the academics of the school. The student-teacher
ratio in classes will be no higher than 20 to 1 and lower in specialized arts
areas. MAC will have small group and individualized instruction in the arts with a
wide spectrum of academic support available. Academic support will include
online instruction and individualized academic instruction on a needs basis for all
students. The school will open with 120 6th and 7th grade students with three
classes of 20 students at each grade level.
The MAC Planning Committee members understand the importance of a highquality
arts education for young people. They want to ensure that every child in
the Midlands has the opportunity to experience the power of creative selfexpression.
For more information, contact Dr. Robert Jesselson at 803-777-2033.