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 6,000 students in three attendance areas containing a total of 12 schools (one K-12 community school, two high schools, two middle schools, seven elementary schools, and an alternative school) plus a technologically advanced career center. Our staff includes over 480 teachers who are supported by 350 other personnel and administrators.
Our District, with the recent release of the SC school and district report cards, boasts some of the best years since the inception of the state accountability system. The district has received an absolute rating of Excellent for the past two years.
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.
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. All three high schools have substantially increased their graduation rates.
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, independence, problem-solving, social, and time-management skills. Also, in most of our elementary schools we offer pre-kindergarten to four year olds that qualify. Our middle schools are working with students to develop individual graduation plans that are implemented in our high schools to prepare our students to be college and career ready. Learning opportunities for our middle school students include STEM through Gateway to Technology courses that emphasize 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 for the future 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 as well as advanced 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, as well as those within our state, the nation and globally. We provide specialized skills, hands-on training, work-based experiences such as internships, and appropriate 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 Chorus Honor selectees, members of a JROTC Honor Unit of Distinction, Congressional Art Award winners, Junior Scholars and National Achievement Scholarship winners. Each year students from across the district receive perfect scores on their state assessment.
Two out of the last four years our District Teacher of the Year has been one of the five finalists for State Teacher of the Year. Our district has 53 National Board Certified Teachers and for the past 17 years our Office of Finance has received the ASBO and GFOA Financial Reporting Awards. We boast less than 11% turnover in our teacher ranks.
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 ambitious building plan nears completion as learning facilities are upgraded across the district.
Our brand “One District, One Team, One Mission” is more than visible throughout the district ---it provides direction for all we do at all levels. Our district participates in AdvancED District Accreditation which advances Excellence in Education Worldwide. Not only did our district meet all expectations and responsibilities, but we also received recognition of “strong practices, in particular of governance and leadership and the district’s use of resources in support of the vision of ‘One District, One Team, One Mission’.”