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** John Rampey, ''Circuit District 16''
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** Michael Brenan, ''At-Large Member''
** Michael Brenan, ''At-Large Member''
The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment.<ref>[http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/elsi/tableGenerator.aspx ''National Center for Education Statistics,'' "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 11, 2014]</ref>
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| 1.) [[Providence Public Schools, Rhode Island|Providence Public Schools]]
| 2.) [[Cranston Public Schools, Rhode Island|Cranston Public Schools]]
| 3.) [[Warwick Public Schools, Rhode Island|Warwick Public Schools]]
| 4.) [[Pawtucket School District, Rhode Island|Pawtucket School District]]
| 5.) [[Woonsocket School District, Rhode Island|Woonsocket School District]]
| 6.) [[East Providence School District, Rhode Island|East Providence School District]]
| 7.) [[Coventry School District, Rhode Island|Coventry School District]]
| 8.) [[Cumberland School District, Rhode Island|Cumberland School District]]
| 9.) [[North Kingstown School District, Rhode Island|North Kingstown School District]]
| 10.) [[Bristol Warren Regional School District, Rhode Island|Bristol Warren Regional School District]]

Revision as of 10:11, 11 July 2014

K-12 Education in South Carolina
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Mick Zais
Number of students: 727,186[1]
Number of teachers: 46,782
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:15.5
Number of school districts: 105
Number of schools: 1,223
Graduation rate: 75%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $8,986[3]
See also
South Carolina Department of EducationList of school districts in South CarolinaSouth CarolinaSchool boards portal
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Education policy project
Public education in the United States
Public education in South Carolina
Glossary of education terms
Note: The statistics on this page are mainly from government sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics. Figures given are the most recent as of June 2014, with school years noted in the text or footnotes.

South Carolina is home to 105 school districts, 1,213 schools and 727,186 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education[5]
    • Barry Bolen, Chair, Circuit District 11
    • Dr. Traci Young Cooper, Chair-Elect, Circuit District 5
    • Dr. Samuel Alston, Circuit District 1
    • Jim Griffith, Circuit District 2
    • Lonzena Harry, Circuit District 3
    • Dr. David Blackmon, Circuit District 4
    • James E. Stroman, Circuit District 6
    • Neil Willis, Circuit District 7
    • Ivan Randolph, Circuit District 8
    • Larry Kobrovsky, Circuit District 9
    • Jeff Kubu, Circuit District 10
    • Tom Ewart, Circuit District 12
    • Dr. Danny Varat, Circuit District 13
    • Dr. Rhonda Edwards, Circuit District 14
    • Dr. Thomas L. Shortt, Circuit District 15
    • John Rampey, Circuit District 16
    • Michael Brenan, At-Large Member


The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment.[6]

Enrollment, 2011-2012
1.) Providence Public Schools
2.) Cranston Public Schools
3.) Warwick Public Schools
4.) Pawtucket School District
5.) Woonsocket School District
6.) East Providence School District
7.) Coventry School District
8.) Cumberland School District
9.) North Kingstown School District
10.) Bristol Warren Regional School District


See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in South Carolina as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[7]

Demographic information for South Carolina's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 2,142 0.29% 1.10%
Asian 9,834 1.35% 4.68%
African American 259,170 35.64% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students 840 0.12% 0.42%
Hispanic 48,644 6.69% 24.37%
White 386,941 53.21% 51.21%
Two or more 19,615 2.70% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

Debate over evolution in state science curriculum

The South Carolina Department of Education rejected proposed changes to evolution's place in science curriculum standards during a meeting on June 11, 2014. State Senator Mike Fair (R), a member of the state Senate's Education Committee, proposed new standards in March 2014 that would require students to study the arguments for and against evolution. He argued in public hearings throughout the state that students deserved to learn about the controversy surrounding natural selection. State education officials decided against Fair's language, opting to maintain curriculum standards first established in 2005 that do not include discussion of creationist theories in biology courses.[8]

State law

School board composition

South Carolina school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although some school board members are appointed to fill vacancies until the next election for the seat is held. South Carolina school board elections typically follow one of these two methods:[9]

  • At-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, regardless of geographic location.
  • Trustee area at-large: All voters residing in the school district may vote for any candidates running, but candidates must reside in specific geographic areas within the school district.

School boards can consists of five, seven or nine members. Board members serve terms of two, three or four years.[9]

District types

School districts in South Carolina are organized by county. Each county has at least one public school district offering K-12 courses.[10]

Term limits

South Carolina does not impose statewide term limits on school board members. However, terms limits on school board members can still be imposed on the local level.[9]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: South Carolina school board elections, 2014

A total of 23 South Carolina school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment held elections in 2014 for 95 seats. Kershaw County School District held its election on June 10, 2014. The other 22 districts held elections on November 4, 2014.

Here are several quick facts about South Carolina's school board elections in 2014:

The districts listed below served 491,536 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[11] Click on the district names for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2014 South Carolina School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Kershaw County School District 6/10/2014 4 9 10,359
Aiken County Public School District 11/4/2014 5 9 24,632
Anderson School District One 11/4/2014 4 7 9,246
Anderson School District Five 11/4/2014 4 9 12,501
Beaufort County School District 11/4/2014 7 11 19,648
Berkeley County School District 11/4/2014 4 9 29,400
Charleston County School District 11/4/2014 5 9 43,654
Darlington County School District 11/4/2014 4 8 10,693
District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties 11/4/2014 4 7 16,699
Dorchester School District Two 11/4/2014 4 7 22,762
Florence Public School District One 11/4/2014 4 9 15,919
Fort Mill Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 10,310
Georgetown County School District 11/4/2014 4 9 9,789
Greenville County School District 11/4/2014 6 12 71,930
Horry County Schools 11/4/2014 6 12 38,534
Lancaster County School District 11/4/2014 4 7 11,696
Lexington School District One 11/4/2014 3 7 22,694
Richland County School District One 11/4/2014 3 7 24,220
Richland School District Two 11/4/2014 4 7 25,667
Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3 11/4/2014 3 7 17,343
School District of Oconee County 11/4/2014 2 5 10,606
School District of Pickens County 11/4/2014 3 6 16,319
Sumter School District 11/4/2014 4 7 16,915

Path to the ballot

To qualify for the ballot as a school board candidate in South Carolina, a person must be:[9]

  • 18 years of age or older
  • A resident of the school district at the time of the election

Candidates file nominating petitions with county elections officials at least 75 days prior to the election. A valid petition features signatures from district residents totaling at least 5 percent of registered voters in the school district.[9]

Campaign finance

State law requires local candidates to file campaign finance reports with the South Carolina State Ethics Commission. The first report for a school board candidate is due within 10 days of receiving or spending $500 in campaign funds. Candidates who do not receive or spend $500 are required to file pre-election reports within 15 days of the election. The maximum contribution amount in an election cycle for local candidates is $1,000 per person.[12]

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. United States Department of Education, "2012 EDFacts State Profile," accessed August 12, 2013
  5. South Carolina Department of Education, "State Board Member of Education," accessed June 13, 2014
  6. National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 11, 2014
  7. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  8. The Post and Courier, "SC Board of Education rejects adoption of new biology standards," June 11, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 South Carolina State Election Commission, "So You Want To Be A Candidate," accessed July 9, 2014
  10. South Carolina State Department of Education, "School Directory," accessed July 10, 2014
  11. National Center for Education Statistics, "Elementary/Secondary Information System," accessed March 21, 2014
  12. South Carolina State Ethics Commission, "Campaign Practices," July 9, 2014