James B. Edwards Elementary to become the 10th in Charleston County to convert to partial magnet
MOUNT PLEASANT – James B. Edwards Elementary will become the 10th school in Charleston County School District to become a partial magnet this fall.
The school will have a focus on global leadership, which means it will infuse its day-to-day operations and instruction with the principles in Stephen Covey’s book, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
Many of the schools that previously have become partial magnets were doing so to boost enrollment, academics and diversity. James B. Edwards already has an excellent rating from the state, but its enrollment gradually has fallen from 630 in 2008 to 570 last year as its surrounding neighborhood grows older. The school has 599 students this year.
School Principal Francine Mitchell said she’d like to increase enrollment, but the prevailing reason for becoming a partial magnet is to better ready children for the future.