South Carolina

South Carolina

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About South Carolina

About South Carolina

South Carolina has a Department of Education, a State Board, and a State Superintendent of Education. The State Board consists of 17 members appointed to 4-year terms.

Education law and structure

Education law and structure

  • State Board Members: 17 Members; Appointed; 4-year term

  • Education Authorities: DoEd; State Board; State Superintendent of Education

Education Leadership

Education leadership

  • State Governor: Henry McMaster

  • State Superintendent of Education: Ellen Weaver

  • Local school board members: The easiest way to contact your local school board members is to use an online search tool like XQ or simply look up your school district’s website online. There will almost always be a section of the district website listing the names and contact information of your local school board members. If their contact information is not listed, call your school’s office to request that information.

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Education Stats And Facts

  • The South Carolina Department of Education’s state report cards show there are 766,819 public school students with 53,689 teachers in the state. The statewide graduation rate is 83.3%.

    South Carolina school districts can set their own open enrollment policies, enabling families to attend schools outside of their assigned district. Other public school options for South Carolina families are charter and magnet schools, which may offer innovative learning methods or specialized curricula. South Carolina also has private schools, with one state-run scholarship for families of children with physical or learning disabilities. Homeschooling is another South Carolina option; families are not required to notify the state.



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