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Dr. Monica Owens Carter



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Dr. Monica Owens Carter


A Message from the Principal



Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! Here at the award winning Gadsden Elementary School, we are “Leaders and learners creating and cultivating a culture of literacy to build Super Readers ready to take on the world”. Our illustrious school is the Lower Richland Cluster’s National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Our motto “Soaring Above & Beyond Expectations” allows us to set high standards for teaching and learning every day, for every child, every chance. Throughout the years our school has shown continued excellence through our outstanding student achievement. We are Richland County School District One’s premier school with small class sizes, a nurturing school environment with one-to-one attention to students’ needs.


We are truly a place of great expectations and this year we are “Soaring Above & Beyond Expectations”! Our purpose is to help transform student learning into real world experiences in order to be prepared for our global world. This year we continue to hold true to our academics first belief that all students can learn, if presented with great expectations.


Our school Literacy program is preparing students to become Super Readers ready to take on the world. Our dedicated professionals ensures that every child, every day is given multiple chances to strengthen their abilities in the area of literacy and numeracy. We are continuing to partner with the Historic Columbia Foundation “Traveling Trunks” program to deepen students understanding of the Social Studies and historical aspects of South Carolina.


Additionally, we continue to build stronger family and community partnerships with our families’ community to bring through our monthly events like Grits for Grandparents, Character Parade, Muffins for Mom, Doughnuts for Dads, International Cultures Fair, Inventors Museum, and READ Across Gadsden.


Over the years we have built traditions of great expectations and we will continue our track of excellence through:

  • Embedded Research and project based learning for all students.
  • Enhanced Digital Learning Environment.
  • Environmental studies through our state of the art science lab and outdoor classroom, and
  • Integrating literacy in all content areas.



We are Gadsden Elementary School…home of the Bold Blue Jays. Where excellence takes flight and every day we strive to SOAR Above & Beyond Expectations!