hitmire Community School is a PreK-12 school located in the midst of the Sumter National Forest of northern Newberry County. Whitmire is commonly known to the state as the Pearl of the Piedmont. In 2003, the School District of Newberry decided to combine Whitmire Elementary (Pk-6) and Whitmire High (7-12) to form Whitmire Community School. WCS is accredited according to the AdvancED Standards for Quality, formerly known as Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). WCS is an SREB/SDE High Schools That Work site and has also been recognized by the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program.
Our classroom instruction is based on South Carolina curriculum standards with our focal point being reading and writing instruction. Reading and writing instruction is integrated across all content areas and the responsibility is equally shared by all stakeholders. Teachers across all content areas recognize “Students of the Month” each quarter at success assemblies. Such programs and initiatives as Family Message Journals, author visits, Reading with the Wolverines, Read Across America Week, and Teen Read Week provide authentic writing and reading opportunities throughout our school and community.
We continued to implement the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment program for grades 1 through 10 to measure student growth in Reading, and Mathematics to identify each student’s strengths and weaknesses to make instructional decisions. Our Leadership Team will analyze data and have meetings with grade-level teams and content-area teachers concerning student performance on state, district and classroom assessment to establish goals and objectives for ongoing school improvement. A focus for professional growth continued to be creating assessments that are on target with state standards. A daily enrichment period was scheduled for grades 3-8 along with ELA/Math Lab classes for 9-12 students.
WCS continued to take advantage of the available technology such as Smartboards to integrate technology into daily instruction. Teachers share with their peers a variety of instructional and technology strategies and best practices. Staff members are required to meet technology requirements for professional development and recertification.
We will continue to promote our unique PK-12 setting, use it to the advantage of student achievement, and work toward our mission of providing a safe, nurturing environment and collaborating with families and the community, to prepare all students to be Wolverines Committed to Success.
Attendance Area: Whitmire
Enrollment: Approx. 550
Grades: Pre-K - 5 Elementary
6 - 12 High School
Features/Programs: High Schools That Work, Reading with the Wolverines, Gifted and Talented Program, Student Showcase, Student Talent Show, Lab classrooms for teacher observations, School to Work, and Service Learning
Extracurricular Activities: The Royal Regiment High School Band, Student Council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Junior and Senior Beta Clubs, JV/V Football, Volleyball, Girls' Tennis, JV/V Girls' Basketball, JV/V Boys' Basketball, Wrestling, JV/V Cheerleaders, JV/V Softball, JV/V Baseball, and Academic Team
Special Incentives: Honor Roll, Perfect Attendance, Student of the Month, Most Improved Student of the Month, Classroom Students of the Month, Principal’s Honor Roll, Math Olympiad, Teacher of the Month, Support Staff of the Month, No Discipline referrals, Terrific Kids, Wendy’s Heisman Winners, state and district test recognition and awards
Awards: Palmetto Gold Award, Palmetto Silver Award, SACS accredited, SAT Award/Summa Cum Laude
Faculty Information: National Board Certified Teachers