If you are new to Spartanburg County, you may find the school system a little confusing. At least I did when I moved here from out of state. With multiple school districts, it can be hard to understand at first. Now that I have lived here for a while, I have a much better understanding of our local schools. I hope by the time you finish reading this article you will too!
A Little About Spartanburg County Schools
Spartanburg County is the fifth-most populated county in the state of South Carolina with a population of over 300,000. Spartanburg County schools serve over 45,000 students.
For those who have relocated to the area, the primary difference about the schools in Spartanburg is that there is not a Spartanburg County School District. Instead, Spartanburg County schools are operated by seven different school districts. These school districts are defined by location. Each school district operates as its own entity – with its own calendar and school board.
Additionally, each school district decides the way schools are divided by grade level. Some school districts have the traditional elementary, middle, and high schools. However, some districts include schools composed of various levels. For example, District 2 has elementary, intermediate, middle, 9th grade, and high schools. The breakdown of grade levels and schools is unique to each district.
There is not a singular Spartanburg County school district or one school board website, but each Spartanburg County School District does have a website where you can find the information you need for those particular schools. In the upcoming “Quick Profile” section, I have included individual links for each district. For an overview of Spartanburg County schools, you can see reviews and statistics on Great Schools of Spartanburg. Parents may also visit the SC Department of Education web site at www.ed.sc.gov for school & district report cards.
Most Spartanburg County School Districts offer limited school choice. This means that students may attend another school in their same district if there is space available. Availability varies by district, as well as school. For instance, there may be some years when there are spots available at one school, but the next year there may not be any availability.
Should parents want their child to attend a school in a different Spartanburg County District, students would need to apply for out-of-district status and be accepted. This is also dependent on space available. Additionally, out-of-district residents are required to pay out-of-district tuition.
Quick Profile of District 1
District 1 is primarily the schools students from Campobello, Landrum, and Inman attend. It is home to 10 schools including Chapman High and Landrum High. Here are some quick facts about this district from its Report to the Community:
91.1% graduation rate in 2016
63% of 2015 graduates went on to attend 2-year, 4-year, or technical colleges
Over 8 million awarded in scholarships
65% of teachers hold advanced degrees with 29 National Board Certified Teachers
Quick Profile of District 2
District 2 is primarily the schools students from Boiling Springs, Chesnee, Inman, and Mayo attend. It is home to 15 schools including Boiling Springs High and Chesnee High. Here are some quick facts about this district from its school report cards:
Nearly 22 million awarded in scholarships
85.3% graduation rate in 2015
81.4% of 2016 graduates went on to attend 2-year, 4-year, or technical colleges
Multiple schools in the district have earned the Palmetto Gold Award for General Performance several years in a row
Quick Profile of District 3
District 3 is primarily the schools students from Cowpens, Pacolet, and Spartanburg attend. It is home to 8 schools including Broome High. Here are some quick facts about this district from its Annual Reports to the People:
82.4% graduation rate in 2016
61.4% of teachers hold higher education degrees
Over 5 million awarded in scholarships
Internationally accredited by AdvancED
Quick Profile of District 4
District 4 is primarily the schools students from Woodruff attend. It is home to 4 schools: Woodruff Primary, Woodruff Elementary, Woodruff Middle, and Woodruff High. Here are some quick facts about this district from its Executive Summary for AdvanceED:
89.4% graduation rate in 2016
58.6% of 2016 graduates went on to attend 2-year, 4-year, or technical colleges
Accredited by AdvancED
67.9% of teachers hold advanced degrees
Quick Profile of District 5
District 5 is primarily the schools students from Duncan, Moore, Reidville, and Wellford attend. It is home to 11 schools including Byrnes High. Here are some quick facts about this district from its Strategic Plan:
85.7% graduation rate in 2016
73.6% of 2016 graduates went on to attend 2-year, 4-year, or technical colleges
14% of teachers hold National Board Certification (in addition to the many teachers with advanced degrees)
Accredited by AdvancED
Quick Profile of District 6
District 6 is primarily the schools students from Moore, Pauline, Roebuck, and Spartanburg attend. It is home to 14 schools including Dorman High. Here are some quick facts about this district from its Report to the Community:
89.7% graduation rate
75.7% of 2016 graduates went on to attend 2-year, 4-year, or technical colleges
70.6% of teachers hold advanced degrees
Dorman High students completed 924 dual enrollment courses for college credit
Quick Profile of District 7
District 7 is primarily the schools students from Spartanburg (Eastside and Downtown) attend. It is home to 11 schools including Spartanburg High. Here are some quick facts about this district from At A Glance 2017:
85.7% graduation rate
82% of 2016 graduates went on to attend 2-year, 4-year, or technical colleges
$18.9 million in scholarships awarded to 2016 seniors
The average SAT score of 1505 (21 points above the national public school average, plus 47 points above South Carolina’s SAT average)
Other Things You Need to Know
When shopping for a home, parents should find out which school district the home is zoned for. A general map of the school districts can be found here. However, you will need to contact the individual school district to find out which schools your child will attend. The district websites have links for parents with attendance zone information.
It is common for families to purchase homes in a specific school district with the intention of their children attending those schools. Since Spartanburg Schools only offer limited school choice options within each district, where you live will directly influence what school your children attend.
You must register your child for school. Most Spartanburg County School Districts require students to register in the beginning of August for the upcoming school year. On the individual district websites, there are registration links such as this link for District 1 Registration. Additionally, some of the districts now allow you to register your child online.
Other registration information: For your child to attend kindergarten, he/she must be 5 years old on or before September 1st of that school year. You will need your child’s birth certificate, current proof of residence, and a South Carolina proof of immunization certificate.
We have also created the Ultimate Guide to Spartanburg Schools, which not only lists all the contact information and website links for each public school district, but also lists all of the charter, virtual, and private school options in Spartanburg.
And, don’t forget – Spartanburg is also home to several higher education institutions including Converse College, Wofford College, USC Upstate, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg Methodist College, and Sherman College of Chiropractic.
What tips do you have about choosing a home in the right school district for your family?