Communications and Public Information
Top Seven in 7
District 7 is a member of the League of Innovative Schools. D7 is one of only 80 school districts in the nation to be recognized for it’s innovative vision for learning, and for its commitment to enhancing education through technology. By doing so we’ve engaged students in leadership learning, and we’ve strived to ensure all young people have the personal development to be competitive wherever they chose to go.
District 7 launched Seven Ignites. This district-wide 1:1 technology initiative placed a mobile learning device in the hands of every student in grades 3-12. Teachers utilized a blended learning approach to teaching and learning in their classes.
The Spartanburg Herald awarded the General Excellence Award for Athletics to Spartanburg High School. Spartanburg High School football team impressively won of the 2014 Class AAAA Division II State Championship title.
Spartanburg High School’s SAT Score matched the National Average. SHS’s average SAT score of 1505 is above the public school state average.
District 7 became one of 19 school districts around the state to be selected to TransformSC, a public/ private partnership aimed at transforming public education in South Carolina. The Early Learning Center at Park Hills, The Cleveland Academy of Leadership, and the Viking Early College were selected as a promising model program in transforming education.
SHS is one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools by The Washington Post, a U.S. News & World Report Best High School, and a Best Public High Schools in S.C. in the Niche Rankings.
Spartanburg School District Seven, in collaboration with parents and the community, will ensure a maximum educational experience for all students so they will learn to think and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful, productive citizens. We accomplish this mission by providing innovative, demanding learning experiences at every grade level, and employing the most highly qualified teachers.
District Seven has a proud tradition of excellence! Our elementary and middle schools prepare our students to enter one magnificent senior high school of which each of us can be justifiably proud. Its outstanding curriculum plus its extensive extracurricular offerings rank Spartanburg High School as a national model. Spartanburg High School’s average SAT score is above the state and national average and the highest in Spartanburg County. The Advanced Placement program has the highest number of AP courses taught in the state of South Carolina. Spartanburg High’s academic program is respected around the country as evidenced by its Washington Post designation as a top high school in the nation, and as the first public high school in the nation to be awarded the US Department of Education Blue Ribbon School Award four times.
District Seven invites the Spartanburg community to celebrate the successes of district students, teachers, and administrators, both individually and collectively. As District Seven reaches for new heights, new partners in excellence are welcome as Spartanburg enters a new era in its schools, its quality of life, and the many opportunities for its citizens.
Located in the foothills region of South Carolina, somewhere in between not too big and not too small, Spartanburg has that “just right” feel. In fact more than 285,000 residents (50,000 K-12 stu- dents and 13,000 college students) call it home! Spartanburg put its name on the map in the 19th century as a central intersection for the nation’s railroad system and as an industrious textile town. Over the years, Spartanburg has been nicknamed ‘The Hub City’ referring to the numerous transportation routes that connected the city with other cities throughout the region.
More than 100 international firms are headquartered in Spartanburg, including BMW manufacturing plant, Denny’s Corporation and Milliken and Company, one of the largest privately held textile and chemical manufacturers in the world. This makes Spartanburg a per- fect place for internship and job placement opportunities.
This area is steeped in heritage and tradition, offering locals and out-of-towners a variety of recreational opportunities. Spartanburg’s downtown is also bursting with culture. The Chapman Cultural Center, located in the heart of downtown, houses four museums and the David Reid Theatre, a 500-seat performing hall. In downtown Spartanburg you can learn about historic areas of the city through Spartanburg County Museum’s Downtown Walking Tour, or enjoy the Hub-Bub Showroom Gallery and Performance Hall, which offers more than 100 nights of art, culture and entertainment a year, includ- ing eclectic concerts, progressive art exhibits, experimental theatre and more. Street concerts, Jazz on Morgan Square and Spring Fling, a weekend festival held in May, provide opportunities for people to sing and dance to their favorite songs and meet new people from all over the county. You can even watch the Carolina Panthers prepare for their upcoming football season at the Carolina Panthers Training Camp held each summer at Wofford College.
Spartanburg is also home to seven colleges and universities - Converse College, Sherman College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg Community College, University of South Carolina Upstate, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Wofford College - making Spartanburg a true college town.
Spartanburg’s ideal proximity to the North Carolina mountains, the South Carolina coast, and major cities like Atlanta and Charlotte makes it a very attractive place to live. The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, located twenty minutes west of the city, is served by seven major airlines and provides convenient transportation to and from the city. With a vibrant music and arts community, and a social scene that never stops, there’s plenty to do for fun year-round in Spartanburg.
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Erika Shoolbred, Director of Information Services
610 Dupre Drive, Spartanburg SC 29302
Sally J. Hammond Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 864-594-6194 Sally Hammond
Erika Shoolbred Director of Public Information
Phone: 864-596-8402 Erika Shoolbred