The School District of Newberry County is the second largest employer in the County and the sole local education agency serving Newberry County. The district serves over 5,800 students in three attendance areas containing a total of 12 schools (one K-12 community school, two high schools, two middle schools, and seven elementary schools) plus a technologically advanced career center. Our staff includes over 480 teachers who are supported by 350 other personnel and administrators.
Our mission is to engage students at all levels in educational experiences that ensure success and life-long learning. In several of our elementary schools, we offer pre-kindergarten and Montessori for children from age three through grade five. Montessori education practice helps children to develop creativity, problem-solving, social, and time-management skills. Our middle schools are working with students to develop individualized programs of study that are implemented in our high schools. Learning opportunities for our middle school students include Gateway to Technology that emphasizes math, science, and technology. In our high schools we strive to provide a comprehensive curriculum to address individual needs of all of our students. This framework design allows for an integrated, multi-dimensional approach to planning that helps students become successful learners for high school and beyond. The curriculum and instruction is provided in five areas of study: Arts and Humanities, Business Management and Information Systems, Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology, Health Science and Human Services and Public Services. We provide a dual credit program with local colleges and advance placement programs allowing students to gain college credit during high school. The competency-based curriculum at the Newberry County Career Center enables students to acquire skills and knowledge for gaining employment and reflects the employment needs of local businesses and industries. We provide specialized skills, hands-on training, and appropriated workplace ethics.
We are extremely proud of the success of our students. Numerous students in all of our middle and high schools have been state and national award winners at the Junior and Senior Beta Club Conventions. Students are enrolled in the Governor’s School for the Arts and the Governor’s School for Math and Science. Also, students are Step Team Champions, All-Region and All-State Athletes, All-State and Region Band and Honor selectees, members of a JROTC Honor Unit of Distinction, Congressional Art Award winners, and National Achievement Scholarship winners. Twenty students from across the district received perfect scores on their PASS test.
Several of our schools are Palmetto Gold and Silver Award winners and have been for the past several years. These awards indicate notable improvements in student achievement. They are based on academic gains and closing the achievement gap.
Our District, with the recent release of the SC school and district report cards, boasts one of the best years since the inception of the state accountability system. The district received an absolute rating of Average for the third consecutive year and a growth rating of Good for the second consecutive year.
Boundary Street Elementary School was nominated as a Title I Distinguished School for positive educational achievements. Mid-Carolina High school was one of 11 high schools in the state with increases in both SAT scores and the number of students who passed AP tests.
Two out of the last three years our District Teacher of the Year has been one of the five finalists for State Teacher of the Year. Our district has 61 National Board Certified Teachers and for the past 13 years our Office of Finance has received the Association of School Business Officials Excellence in Financial Reporting. We boast less than 10% turnover in our teacher ranks.
Our vision is one of One District, One Team, and One Mission. We recently completed a strategic building program which came in on time and under budget allowing us to continue with much needed capital projects. Our district participates in AdvancED District Accreditation which advances Excellence in Education Worldwide. Not only did our district meet all expectations and responsibilities, we received commendations in “great educational leadership in its administration and board that is surrounded by a community that promotes civic responsibility and commitment to district success.”