Our Education Goal

Our children will excel academically and our citizens will demonstrate high levels of baccalaureate degree attainment, rendering Spartanburg the best educated county in the state.

Where We Are Now

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    Since 2009, there has been a 21% increase in residents ages 25+ holding a Bachelor's degree or higher bringing the total to 23.3% of citizens.

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    In Spartanburg County, 59% of students qualify for free or reduced meal plans in 2014.

  • All 7 school districts earned an "excellent" report card rating in 2014.

Where We're Headed



  • up arrowEvery child enters kindergarten prepared to suceed.
  • up arrowEvery child is reading to learn by completion of 3rd grade.
  • up arrowEvery child succeeds in 8th grade math.
  • up arrowEvery student graduates from high school ready for college and career.
  • up arrowEvery high school graduate enrolls in post-secondary education.
  • up arrowEvery post-secondary student persists to completion.
  • - Launch of Quality Counts recognizing excellence in early child care and education
  • - More than 100 organizations partnering for collective impact on education
  • - Inaugurated the Kindergarten Success Collaborative Action Network
  • - Opened Downtown Campus of Spartanburg Community College
  • - Opened Carolinas Campus of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • - Established Child Development and Family Studies degree at USC Upstate

Making A Difference In Our Education

The Power of 7

Spartanburg School Districts Map

Spartanburg’s 7 school districts are writing new success stories every day, constantly innovating to meet the unique needs of the students they serve. Yes, they compete, but they also collaborate, learning from constant communication and shared innovation, tailoring successful practices to meet the unique needs of their own students.


Education Community Leaders


The Spartanburg Community Indicators Project partners with Indicator Area Leaders to improve outcomes in each of its seven Indicator Areas.  These organizations set improvement goals based on indicator data and lead individuals, businesses and community groups to coordinate efforts and information, thus facilitating steady progress in quality of life improvement.


The Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM) serves as the Indicator Area Leader for the Education Indicator Area. SAM convenes a group of professional and nonprofit groups working together to improve education outcomes in Spartanburg County. SAM coordinates their efforts through an advisory council. They have developed goals in education priority areas.  Each priority area's work is guided by a Collaborative Action Network (CAN).

Leading Indicators

Secondary Indicators

Crosscutting Indicators

Key variables that are most reflective of the state of education and are useful predictors of education trends.

Kindergarten Success

Every child will enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Indicators: Preschool Attendance, Head Start Enrollment

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3rd Grade Reading

Every child will be reading to learn by third grade.

Indicators: Reading to State Standards

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8th Grade Math

Every child will succeed in Eighth grade math.

Indicators: Math to State Standards

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High School Graduation, College and Career Ready

Every student graduates from high school college and career ready.

Indicators: Graduation Rates

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Post-Secondary Enrollment and Completion

Every high school graduate enrolls in post-secondary education and every post-secondary student persists to completion.

Indicators: Baccalaureate Degree Completion

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Variables that have direct impact on or are tangentially reflective of the state of Education.

Dropout Rate

High school dropouts are at significantly higher risk than high school graduates for a number of negative life outcomes.  They are likely to earn less, rely on government assistance more, have worse health outcomes, and are more likely to be imprisoned.

Indicators: Drop Out Rates

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College Enrollment

College enrollment is the first step to college completion and assessing the enrollment pattern differences among high schools can be instructive for improving enrollment rates.

Indicators: High School Graduates Enrolling in College, Enrollment in Spartanburg's Institutions of Higher Education

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Freshman Retention

The freshmen retention rate is a measure of whether freshmen thrive on a particular college campus and proceed to their sophomore year.  The strongest predictor for college completion is first-year student retention.

Indicators: Freshman Retention Rate by Institution

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College Graduation

In addition to the economic and social benefits of higher education to the individual, a well-educated populace results in increased tax revenues that flow back to the community.

Indicators: College Graduation Rates

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College Graduate Retention

For communities to improve competitiveness in the knowledge-based economy, well-educated workers must be available to current and potential employers.  Retention of college graduates is essential for a community's economic development.

Indicators: College Graduate Retention Rates

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Higher Education Costs

Assessing the cost of tuition and the availability of funding and scholarships is essential to increasing accessibility to higher education for our citizens.

Indicators: Tuition & Fess, Grants & Scholarships, State Appropriations to Public Universities

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Indicators in more than one Indicator Area that have tangential or predictive impact on Education.


There is a strong correlation between education and poverty.  Children growing up in poverty complete less schooling, work less and earn less as adults, are more likely to achieve public assistance, and are more likely to have poorer health.  Boys growing up in poverty are more likely to be arrested as adults and girls growing up in poverty are more likely to give birth as teenagers.

Indicators: Residents in Poverty

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Income is highly positively correlated with educational attainment.  On average, people with more education have higher incomes regardless of geography.

Indicators: Median Earnings by Educational Attainment

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Unemployment is highly negatively correlated with educational attainment.  On average, people with more education are less likely to be unemployed regardless of geography.

Indicators: Unemployment Rate by Educational Attainment

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Birth Mother Education

Births to mothers with less than a high school education is a closely tracked statistic that crosscuts both public health and education because it is one of the strongest predictors of a child's failure to graduate from high school.

Indicators: Births to Mothers with Less than a High School Education

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