A Quick Look at the District
Established in 1884, Spartanburg School District 7 has a rich tradition of excellence in education. Today, our mission to "inspire and equip our students for meaningful lives of leadership and service as world citizens," is emphasized in all that we do. Thanks to a long legacy of tremendous leadership in the District, our facilities are some of the finest in the Southeast. Our student outcomes speak to strong academics and innovative teaching and learning - both in and out of the classroom.
District 7 is guided by a nine-member Board of Trustees, with more than 100 years of combined service.
From left to right: Ernest White, Andy Hayes, Meg Clayton, Sanders Lee, Sharon Porter, Clay Mahaffey, Vernon Beatty, Rick Gray and Jeff Mason. Ms. Sharon Porter is the current Chair of the Board. Mr. Sanders Lee is the Vice-Chair and Ms. Meg Clayton is the Board Secretary. Board Meetings are held in the District Office Board Room at 610 Dupre Drive. Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month at 6pm. The Board does not routinely meet in December and July.
Spartanburg School District 7 is a small urban school district located in the heart of Upstate South Carolina. District 7 is a majority-minority district with a poverty index nearing 70%, a graduation rate of 85%, and a post-secondary enrollment rate that averages over 62% each year. The average student enrollment in the past three years is 7,300. The District employs 1,200 employees.
The District’s flagship Spartanburg High School, enjoys the following distinctions:
- An 85% graduation rate
- More than 62% of graduates enroll in a 2 or 4-year college within two years of graduation
- Graduates in the Class of 2019 earned more than $22 million in scholarships
- The high school’s passage rate for Advanced Placement tests is 79%, well above the state and national passage rate.
- Spartanburg High School was the first in the nation (public or private) to be awarded the US Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School award four times. Blue Ribbon Schools are selected for their overall academic achievement and their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. The highly coveted national award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities’ in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
- Since the establishment of Advanced Placement Courses in SC’s public high schools, Spartanburg High School has offered more Advanced Placement courses than any other school (public or private) in South Carolina and its record of AP scores is among the best in the state.
- Spartanburg High School is proud of its record of National Merit Semifinalists. This is the highest academic honor available to secondary students and Spartanburg High School consistently leads the state in the number of students so honored.
Spartanburg HIgh School is consistently recognized by US NEWS & WORLD REPORT as one of the top high schools in the nation.
Putting Technology to Work for Students
In 2013, District 7 forged a bold path to eliminate the digital divide among students and implemented a dynamic 1:1 technology program that put mobile devices in the hands of every student in the District in grades 2-12. Cited by The League of Innovative Schools, Apple, Inc., and Future Ready Schools for its best practice efforts, the District’s commitment to blended and digital learning continues to advance student outcomes.
Accolades and Honors
- In 1973, District 7 was one of three school districts in the state awarded a grant by the Department of Education to develop a pilot program for gifted and talented students. Today, the District’s Odyssey program is lauded as one of the finest in the state and is a model program for districts across the nation.
- District 7 was among the first in the state to receive closed circuit instructional television from South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV). The District continues to partner with SCETV to access a wide range of programming for teachers and students.
- District 7 has long enjoyed regional acclaim for its commitment to music education. In 1953, D7 organized the first comprehensive orchestra program of its kind in South Carolina – affording children in grades 5-12 the opportunity to play and perform in a school orchestra. Today, the Spartanburg High School Orchestra and the Spartanburg High School Band are consistently honored with regional, state and national awards.
- Continuing in its innovative approach to education, District 7 offers one of the few Music Technology programs in the state. Students are given the opportunity to write and produce their own music using their school issued computers.
- District 7 has a proud history of excellence in athletics. Today, more than 900 students participate in 23 varsity sports teams at Spartanburg High School.
Building for the Future
Pictured above is a rendering of the new Spartanburg High School, opening in fall 2019. Following the successful passage of a $185M referendum in 2016, District 7 embarked upon two new state-of-the-art learning facilities, the Drayton Mills Elementary School (which opened in fall 2018) and a new Spartanburg High School (which will open in fall 2019). Included in the District’s comprehensive capital plan is the renovation of the former high school to make way for a new McCracken Middle School.