Education

Putting the Edge in Knowledge.

Families in Sumter County are pleased to discover that quality is uniformly high and choices in schools are widely and attractively varied. From faith-based and secular K-12 private schools to a public K-12 system where a focus on STEM has yielded flourishing results that have influence the development of a STEAM focused public charter school.

With seven excellent higher education options right here in Sumter County—and more than a dozen others within an hour’s drive—Sumter high school graduates that are ready to go the distance in college won’t have to go long distances for a superb higher education.

In a relentlessly competitive world market and a 21st century world where multiple literacies are crucial to success and satisfaction, Sumter’s knowledge base is an edge for our people, for our community, and for our future.

K-12 Education

Wilder Elementary School
Ebenezer Middle School
Hillcrest Middle School
Crestwood High School
Lakewood High School
Shaw Heights Elementary
Alice Drive Middle School
Kingsburry Elementary School
Oakland Primary School
Liberty STEAM Charter School
Bates Middle School
Sumter Career & Technology Expo
Cherryvale Elementary
Sumter High School
Alice Drive Elementary School
Rafting Creek Elementary School
RE Davis
Furman Middle School
Lemira Elementary School
Crosswell Drive Elementary
Pocalla Springs Elementary
Millwood Elementary School
High Hills Elementary School
Manchester Elementary School

Sumter School System: Higher Notes, Higher Performance.

AT THE SUMTER SCHOOL SYSTEM, THE OUTLOOK IS GLOBAL AND THE VISION IS CLEAR:

To educate all students to embrace diversity, act responsibly, and contribute positively in a competitive, global society.

To educate all students to embrace diversity, act responsibly, and contribute positively in a competitive, global society.

In Sumter School Systems, the numbers are high and so are the expectations. With an enrollment of approximately 19,000  in public and private schools, students at every grade level are fostered for academic excellence and personal growth. The school systems boast nationally accredited STEM Schools, Carnegie Hall Performances, prestigious scholarship recipients, and athletic championships. We strive for local excellence to drive global success.   When mapping out a great future, it’s a pretty smart idea to start at a school that cracked South Carolina’s top 100 in the National Geographic Bee, or a champion at the State Quiz Bowl. Whether you are aiming for a robust technical track or rigorous college-prep is best suited, you’ll find that schools in Sumter prepare students today for tomorrow's changes, challenges, and opportunities.

Be it faith-based or secular, college or career prep, education in Sumter puts students where they want to be.

Higher Education - Regional

HIGHER LEARNING. GREATER CHOICES.

Higher Education

Saint Leo University
Webster University
Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University
Troy University
Morris College
Central Carolina Technical College
University of South Carolina - Sumter

Post-high school opportunities are abundant in Sumter, where the choices are great in every way: Seven different institutions of higher learning right here in the county and more than a dozen higher learning choices within an hour’s drive or less. For students seeking a faster route to career opportunities, there are two-year degree programs across diverse fields, from education to nursing. South Carolina’s flagship university is less than 45 miles away and extends a local campus in Sumter offering 4-year Bachelor’s degrees. Our historically black college, Morris, is co-educational and provides personal growth as a part of a rich meaningful educational experience. Branching out with quality, Shaw Air Force Base offers higher education programs to expand opportunities for military employees and others with undergraduate and graduate programs.
Vibrant life with enhanced educational opportunities awaits and are at the core of industrial technology and workforce training and certification in Sumter.

We want always to walk hand-in-hand with our community leaders to make sure we meet the needs of our students.

- Dean Michael Sonntag, University of South Carolina - Sumter

We want always to walk hand-in-hand with our community leaders to make sure we meet the needs of our students.

- Dean Michael Sonntag, University of South Carolina - Sumter