what sets mason prep apart
“A visit to our school will show you what sets Mason Prep apart. You will see happy, engaged students learning from exceptional teachers who have a passion for their profession and a love for their students. You will see a right-sized environment - small enough that children are known and loved as individuals, but large enough that they are exposed to a variety of educational opportunities that may not be available in a smaller school. Mason Prep’s emphasis on respect, integrity, and personal responsibility creates a unique atmosphere that permeates everything that we do.”
– Erik Kreutner, Head of School
Our school was founded by Nancy D. Hawk in 1964. Mrs. Hawk envisioned a school that would understand and serve the needs of each individual student and maintain the highest standards of education. To help in this endeavor, she tapped Miss Harriett Mason as Headmistress and named the school “Miss Mason’s School.” In 1984 Miss Mason’s merged with College Prep, a school for grades 7 and 8, to form Mason Preparatory School.
Harriett Mason taught in the Charleston public schools for 34 years. She was appointed to the first Governor's Committee on Higher Education in 1959, was named the first Charleston County Teacher of the Year in 1960, and was elected president of the South Carolina Education Association in 1961. She left the public school system to become head of the untried Miss Mason's School because, "all my life I've wanted to run a school the way I thought it should be run."
Miss Mason's way was to give a child a firm foundation in basics and to instill in each child a respect for authority, a deep sense of responsibility, and respect for the rights of others. She strived to offer the best elementary education geared to the needs and ability of each child. She fostered a love of learning and a receptive attitude towards teaching which stays with a child for life.
"I remember telling my students that it doesn't matter what you do in this life; it only matters that whatever you choose, you try to do your very best." - Harriett Mason