1043 Chris Drive
West Columbia, SC, SC 29169
Mark Bounds is starting his fifth year at East Point Academy, a free public charter 4K – eighth grade school, ranked in the top 7 percent of schools in America. “East Point is guided by three ideas: ‘Merging Cultures, Inspiring Minds, Expanding Horizons,’ ‘Rigorous Academics with a Global Focus,’ and ‘Be nice. Work hard.’” explains Bounds. “East Point values all backgrounds, motivating students, and preparing them for success.” Under Mr. Bounds’ guidance, academic rigor with a global perspective has become the school’s culture. “Students are gaining insights into different cultures, all while excelling academically,” he says.
Mr. Bounds also expects everyone to be nice and work hard. “Students are taught the value of kindness, and the importance of giving their best every day.”
Mr. Bounds received his degree from Towson University and was commissioned as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Johns Hopkins University ROTC program. He spent the next 20 years serving our nation in the United States Army. After his service, Lieutenant Colonel Bounds began a career in education, and this is his 20th year as an educational leader. “I have been blessed to serve as both a soldier and educator.”