EL Education


March 2017

This video is an excellent overview of EL Education. 


February 2017

As we continue to build our frameworks and structures for partnering with EL Education, we wanted to share our 4 – Year Impact Goals around Mastery of Knowledge and Skills, Character, and High-Quality Work. Our Students are really building their vocabulary around perseverance, responsibility, craftsmanship and respect this year.  We are very proud of our children.


4-Year Impact Goals

Mastery of Knowledge and Skills Character High-Quality Work
MGES students have strong conceptual understanding of content. They can collaborate, communicate, create, and apply critical thinking skills. MGES will reduce by half the number of students not proficient on the state assessment (reading, writing, and math) in four years, thus closing the gap between current levels of performance and standards. The MGES family desires to build a better community and world because relationships matter. MGES students have strong sense of belonging and they care about making thoughtful and meaningful decisions. MGES students are kind, courteous and respectful.


MGES will graduate students with the habits of character needed for success in college and beyond including perseverance, responsibility, craftsmanship, respect and an ethic of service.

MGES students care about their work because it is meaningful to them. MGES students will create complex work that is rigorous: it aligns with or exceeds the expectations defined by grade-level standards and includes higher-order thinking by challenging students to apply, analyze, evaluate, and create during daily instruction and throughout longer projects. Student work is done with care, precision, and craftsmanship with attention to accuracy, detail, and beauty.


Design Principles

EL Education is built on ten design principles that reflect the educational values and beliefs of Outward Bound. These principles also reflect the design’s connection to other related thinking about teaching, learning, and the culture of schools.

  1. The Primacy of Self-Discovery Learning happens best with emotion, challenge and the requisite support. People discover their abilities, values, passions, and responsibilities in situations that offer adventure and the unexpected. In EL Education schools, students undertake tasks that require perseverance, fitness, craftsmanship, imagination, self-discipline, and significant achievement. A teacher’s primary task is to help students overcome their fears and discover they can do more thanthey think they can.
  2. The Having of Wonderful Ideas Teaching in EL Education schools fosters curiosity about the world by creating learning situations that provide something important to think about, time to experiment, and time to make sense of what is observed.
  3. The Responsibility for Learning Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity. Everyone learns both individually and as part of a group. Every aspect of an EL Education school encourages both children and adults to become increasingly responsible for directing their own personal and collective learning.
  4. Empathy and Caring Learning is fostered best in communities where students’ and teachers’ ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust. Learning groups are small in EL Education schools, with a caring adult looking after the progress and acting as an advocate for each child. Older students mentor younger ones, and students feel physically and emotionally safe.
  5. Success and Failure All students need to be successful if theyare to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges. But it is also important for students to learn from their failures, to persevere when things are hard, and to learn to turn disabilities into opportunities.
  6. Collaboration and Competition Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear. Students are encouraged to compete, not against each other, but with their own personal best and with rigorous standards of excellence.
  7. Diversity and Inclusion Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others. In EL Education schools, students investigate and value their different histories and talents as well as those of other communities and cultures. Schools and learning groups are heterogeneous.
  8. The Natural World A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world refreshes the human spirit and teaches the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect. Students learn to become stewards of the earth and of future generations.
  9. Solitude and Reflection Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas. They also need to exchange their reflections with other students and with adults.
  10. Service and Compassion We are crew, not passengers. Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others, an one of an EL Education school’s primary functions is to prepare students with the attitudes and skills to learn from and be of service.

© 2015 EL Education Inc.-Revised September 2015 2


MGES Habits of Scholarship 

Perseverance, Responsibility, Craftsmanship, Respect

 Dimensions of Student Achievement

Preparing students for success in school and life means we must embrace a deeper vision of what high achievement looks like. Blending South Carolina State Standards, Lexington One’s Initiatives and EL Education’s Dimensions of Student Achievement of mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality work are all critical for moving all students forward in learning and citizenship.  Please see the Dimensions of Student Achievement chart below.


We are very excited to join Meadow Glen Middle and River Bluff High in a partnership with EL Education. EL Education engages students through meaningful learning experiences that are both rigorous and joyful, helping them to achieve more than they ever thought was possible and to succeed as students, workers and citizens.

MGES and EL Education are dedicated to unlocking each student’s motivation, persistence and compassion, encouraging strong character development and fostering skills such as personal communication and conflict resolution that will benefit them throughout their lives.

CREW and Community Circles

All students and teachers will be a part of CREW. Every classroom will have a crew meeting every day to build community and positive relationships. Crew meetings provide students with a safe place to explore, share, create, make mistakes, reflect, learn, prepare, and celebrate. Community circles will take place weekly to present and celebrate learning. This is an opportunity for grade levels to come together and celebrate a week of learning.

Habits of Scholarship: We are developing 4 Habits of Scholarship that will be incorporated throughout the school and classrooms.  Each student will be taught how these habits apply in every phase of school life.

Motivating minds with perseverance

Growing leaders with responsibility

Exploring as thinkers with craftsmanship

Serving others with respect

EL Education Website: www.elschools.org

EL Brochure Link: file:///Users/cfralick/Downloads/ELED-OverviewBrochure-0116%20(1).pdf



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