A Little More About Us!
As Spartanburg School District Seven ushers in a new era this year with the opening of our new Spartanburg High School, we celebrate the collective impact of a community who believes in our mission, vision and core values – and who invests in the success of our students. District Seven is fortunate to benefit from partnerships across our broader Spartanburg community as well as from a world-class faculty and staff. Our collective commitment to equity in education and to addressing the needs of the whole child is evidenced by our outcomes as well as our national accolades and distinctions.
District Seven is propelled by an unwavering dedication to fulfilling our mission to inspire and equip students for meaningful lives of leadership and service as world citizens. Our mission is emphasized in all that we do, and we share a common vision to prepare our graduates as creative, critical thinkers, collaborators, effective communicators and ethical citizens. Our core values of tradition, excellence, innovation, hope, engagement, well-being, and relationships speak to the unique way Spartanburg School District 7 approaches our mission and vision. Our students, teachers and staff, our families, community partners and stakeholders have all been invested in charting this direction, and we live out these ideals inside and outside of the classroom every day.
As we strive to ensure each student is college and career ready, our secondary school programs provide a clear snapshot of our progress. The district’s graduation rate has improved significantly over the past nine years and is well above the state and national average, and our SAT average is among the highest in Spartanburg County. Approximately 70% of our graduates continue their education at a higher education institution or in the military. Ensuring our students are ready for the world of postsecondary education begins early. District Seven’s 1:1 technology initiative to close the digital learning gap and improve learning for all students placed us among 114 of the most forward-leaning school districts in the country who comprise the League of Innovative Schools. We are proud to be a member of this flagship network of districts who share a commitment to pioneering innovative learning strategies and collaborating with researchers to drive improvement. Spartanburg High School’s rigorous Advanced Placement program ranks among the best in the state, with 119 Advanced Placement Scholars identified this year and AP exam passage rates that far exceed the national average. Spartanburg High School is also proud to consistently lead the county in its number of National Merit Semifinalists, the highest academic honor available to secondary students.
Equally important to high achievement is our focus on creating access for all students. Each school across District Seven does this in way that best fits with their school community. Whether they have achieved excellence as an AVID School of Distinction, earned certification as a Capturing Kids Hearts school, become an International Baccalaureate School, opened a Montessori program, adopted an arts-infusion approach, or found their niche as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School, they all share the common goal of helping each student overcome obstacles in order to reach his or her full potential. Results are seen not only in our graduation and college matriculation rates, but also in our student cohorts who have simultaneously earned their high school diploma and an associate’s degree through the Viking Early College and the Spartanburg County Early College High School. Both of these programs put the completion of a bachelor’s degree much more within reach for students who are often times the first in their family to attend college. Additionally, numerous students earned dual college credit and industry certifications at Spartanburg High School, Daniel Morgan Technology Center, and the Scholars Academy.
With these consistently positive student outcomes, U.S. News & World Report ranked Spartanburg High School among the top 12% in the nation in their “America’s Best High School’s” list; and the Jay Matthews Challenge Index (formerly published by The Washington Post) has one again recognized Spartanburg High School as one of our nation’s most challenging high schools.
Several important partnerships support and strengthen District Seven’s efforts to move students beyond the mastery of subject material. Organizations like the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM), the Northside Initiative, the Highland Group, the City of Spartanburg, One Spartanburg, and Compassionate Schools enable us to fully invest in bettering the quality of life for students, their families and the broader community. This past year, we broadened our public-private partnerships with the opening of The Franklin School, a world-class early learning center located in the high-need area of our District’s Northside, with the goal of equipping children from birth to 5 years of age to enter kindergarten ready to learn. The Franklin School joins District Seven’s other public-private partnership school, Meeting Street Academy, as evidence of the innovative approach to education within our community.
Looking to the future, our capital projects continue to change the landscape of District Seven. The District opened the new Drayton Mills Elementary School in August 2018 and the new Spartanburg High School in Fall 2019. This year, we undertake the renovation of our former high school facility to house McCracken Middle School beginning in Fall 2020. In our work to be a leading district in the Southeast, we are demonstrating our abiding commitment to give students a competitive edge through exceptional instruction, world-class learning environments, and a technology-rich learning environment. We are excited about the gains taking place in District Seven and dedicated to a school system that readies every child for the world beyond school.