Nestled in the heart of the Palmetto State, the Kershaw County School
District is home to more than 10,500 students and over 1,000 employees.
Our district is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools and the South Carolina Department of Education. The district’s
15-16 general fund budget totals more than $75 million. Our graduation
rate is over 90%, and more than 90 percent of our graduates attend
college or some other form of continuing education, join the military or
enter the workforce.
County Board of School Trustees provides solid leadership in preparing
our students to be productive citizens in a global society. Our district
has nine instructional goals based on state and federal accountability
measures. A strategic plan guides district decision-making.
than 70 percent of Kershaw County’s 696 teachers have advanced degrees,
and 18% are National Board certified. Our teachers have an average of
16 years’ of experience.
Focus on academic achievement
learning is at the center of everything in our schools. Our schools
regularly earn recognition for having test scores in the top ten school
districts in the state. Kershaw County schools outperform the state
average on state-issued report cards with 100% of the Absolute ratings
issued being Excellent, Good or Average. Our graduating seniors earn
over $11.6 million in college scholarships.
Small class sizes
Kershaw County Board of School Trustees has established standards for
class sizes, paying special attention to smaller student-teacher ratios
at the lower levels. Currently, we average 1:22 in kindergarten, 1:20 in
1st-2nd grades, 1:25 in 3rd-8th grades, and 1:25 in 9th-12th grades.
Technology as a valuable resource
school district offers a full range of academic programs and
extracurricular activities. All 20 schools are wireless and connected by
a high-speed wide area network. Students and staff have full-time
Internet access in classrooms, libraries and computer labs, including
distance learning opportunities. Kershaw County was the first school
district in South Carolina to provide individual wireless personal
computing devices to all high school students through an $8 million
i-CAN initiative. All teachers have personal computing devices, and all
classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards. Elementary and
middle school students are served through technology on mobile carts.
Board of Trustees has made a commitment to equalizing school buildings
across the district so that regardless of where children live in Kershaw
County, they have equal opportunities and facilities. A recent $102.2
million school construction program helped to equalize facilities across
the district. The eight projects in this first phase included two new
middle schools, new wellness facilities at all three high schools, a new
elementary school and two elementary renovation projects. Discussions
are now in place for a phase two.
Recent awards and honors
As a district with outstanding employees, our accomplishments are impressive:
received an “Excellent” Absolute Rating on the State Report Card, and
the District’s Federal Report Card rating was in the top 20 in the
- The District’s graduation rate is at an all-time high, over 90%.
National School Boards Association ranked KCSD in the top 10 (7th) in
the effective use of technology for school districts enrolling between
3,000 and 12,000 students.
- KCSD is the only school
district in the Midlands and one of only 10 in the state to be
recognized as having a “high return on investment” in a 2014
productivity study by the Center for American Progress.
- Recent SAT scores rose 29 points with more students taking the test, and ACT scores were at an all-time for the district.
- Scholarships earned by Kershaw County graduates reached $11.6 million, another all-time high.
District received almost $2 million in competitive grant funding and
direct services to students through grants awarded to community
- KCSD’s website was again recognized as one of
the state’s best by the SC chapter of the National School Public
Relations Association (SC/NSPRA), receiving approximately 500,000 visits
over the school year. Pine Tree Hill Elementary also honored with four
SC/NSPRA Rewards in Excellence communications awards.
- Students from Lugoff-Elgin High and Camden High raised over $65,000 in one week for the United Way of Kershaw County.
the first year of competition, three KCSD teams (Camden Middle, Camden
High and Lugoff-Elgin High) made the state Quiz Bowl Championships.
- The Blaney Elementary and Stover Middle Archery Teams reached the National Tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.
Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter at ATEC received a “Gold”
rating, making it one of the nine best chapters in the state.
student newspapers of both Camden and Lugoff-Elgin high schools both
received “Superior” ratings from the South Carolina Press Association in
addition to numerous individual awards.
- The Kershaw
County School Board was recognized by the South Carolina School Boards
Association with an Advocacy Program of the Year award for its efforts
to help employees register to vote.
- The Lugoff-Elgin
High School yearbook was one of only four in South Carolina to receive a
“Gallery of Excellence” award from Walsworth Publishing.
- Staff awards included:
Mill Elementary Principal Ginger Catoe was named the South Carolina
Association of School Librarians (SCASL) Administrator of the Year.
Financial Officer Donnie Wilson was named the South Carolina
Association of School Business Officers (SCASBO) School Business Officer
of the Year.
- Assistant Superintendent for Human
Resources Connie Graham received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the
South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA).
Director Lavoy Carter received a District Technology Innovative Program
(TIP) Award from the South Carolina Association for Educational
Technology for his “PASS Analyzer” program.
Middle was the first SC middle school to win a national “School to
Watch” award and the first to be re-designated twice.
schools (Camden High, Doby’s Mill Elementary, Lugoff-Elgin Middle,
Lugoff Elementary and Camden Primary) have been named Palmetto’s Finest
- Jackson School was the first LEED Gold K-12 school in South Carolina.
- Doby’s Mill Elementary was named a 2013 National School of Character National Finalist.
- Three former District Teachers of the Year have been named State Teachers of the Year.