Tucked away in the small town of Reidsville, North Carolina, Moss Street Partnership School opened its doors on August 27, 2018 to its first 394 elementary school students.
Moss Street Partnership School grew out of a mutual desire between UNCG and Rockingham County School to provide enhanced educational experiences for students in the Moss Street community. Moss Street’s long and proud history as a community-based school appealed to leaders at UNCG who wanted to provide teacher candidates with strong preparation in working with communities, while Rockingham County Schools saw an opportunity to do more for the Moss Street students through a partnership with UNCG. The collaboration created Moss Street Partnership School out of a joint understanding that working together they could do much more to address the academic and social learning needs of Moss Street students.
During late Summer and Fall 2017, the application for the Moss Street Partnership School was prepared for submission to the Rockingham County Board of Education and the UNC Board of Governors’ Subcommittee on Laboratory Schools. Community meetings were held in Reidsville to gather community feedback and input about the Partnership School. On January 4, 2018, the UNC Board of Governors’ Subcommittee on Laboratory Schools approved the application, and the North Carolina State Board of Education approved the school at its February meeting. On March 1, 2018, the Rockingham County Board of Education unanimously approved a Memorandum of Agreement and lease for the Moss Street Partnership School.
During Spring 2018, members of the Partnership School Advisory Board were named. The Advisory Board is responsible for reporting to the Chancellor on the operation of the school. A Community Council consisting of parents, UNCG faculty and staff, community agency personnel and business representatives meets regularly throughout the year and continues to provide feedback and input, advise about the enrollment of students and relationships with parents, and support public awareness activities.
Planning the Moss Street Partnership School has been an energizing, collaborative experience among a myriad of faculty, administrators, and staff on the UNCG campus, in RCS, and in the Reidsville/Rockingham County community. The Partnership School is an innovative school improvement effort that focuses on children, caring, collaborating, and contributing. We see how important “better together” is to the lives of children, their families, the educators who serve them, and their community.
Our Four “C”s
The Partnership School is about:
- Kids–all of them and all about them
- Caring–for everyone, including ourselves
- Collaborating–as the way we work
- Contributing–to everyone’s learning and well-being
Moss Street Partnership School (MSPS) is where children have opportunities to learn, grow, hope, dream, and change their lives.
A Choice School Serving Grades K-5
All current Moss Street Elementary School students are eligible to attend. However, parents must complete a registration form to enroll their children.
Children learn the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, including literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students will learn through hands-on projects that incorporate science, technology, engineering, visual and performing arts, and mathematics.
We care for and about children, respond to their individual needs, and challenge them academically.
Children learn in an active, hands-on, child centered school environment that builds on their experience.
A Love of Learning
Children develop positive teaching and learning relationships with other students and adults to grow their academic performance and social confidence.
Children use technology to learn academic skills and broaden their horizons to grow. Service-learning opportunities teach children how to contribute to their communities.
Children learn from licensed teachers, UNC Greensboro faculty, student teachers and interns, family members, and volunteers from Rockingham County and beyond.