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Mission Statement

The students, parents and staff of the Center for Inquiry, a genuine collaboration between the University of South Carolina and Richland School District Two, are responsible for developing ourselves as more thoughtful, caring and intelligent people who delight in learning and are committed to creating a more compassionate, equitable, knowledgeable and democratic world.

School Information

200 1/2 Summit Parkway Drive
Columbia, SC 29229
Grades: K- 5
School Day: 8:10 a.m.-2:50 p.m.

Location: The Center for Inquiry is an elementary school of choice located adjacent to the campus of Summit Parkway Middle School. The Center serves all attendance zones in Richland School District Two.

School Colors: Sea foam Green and Grape

School Profile

The Center for Inquiry is a Richland Two magnet school for kindergartners through fifth graders. As a small school partnership, it unites our district with the University of South Carolina to create a unique learning environment in a small school setting.
The Center for Inquiry's teachers remain with the same group of students for two years, to minimize time lost in transitions between grades and to build strong learning communities.
A key feature is the school's focus on "inquiry based" instruction. The classes emphasize hands-on learning experiences, high-interest studies, and integrated curriculum. The approach is innovative and students are held to high standards.