The mission of Florence County School District 2 is to provide the encouragement, motivation and educational opportunities that prepare all students for successful lives in an ever-changing world. We are driven by the continuing effort to achieve excellence, the foundation on which we build our success.
Our rural community offers many benefits for our students. Our family-oriented atmosphere fosters strong relationships between adults and students and is a vital part of our students’ academic and social growth. There is a strong multi-generational presence in our district, with many of our current students’ parents, grandparents and other family members having attended our schools.
The Board of Trustees and the district are committed to continuous improvement and innovative strategies enabling every student to succeed. We firmly believe that our schools must provide technology-rich learning environments where students are fully engaged in collaborative projects to solve real-world problems. Our curriculum and instruction are infused with technology, including a 1:1 device initiative in grades 3-12 where all students have access to a digital learning device with wireless access points in all classrooms and learning areas. Students in grades PK-2 have access to classroom i-Pads.
The 2015-2016 school year brought evidence of solid progress in our efforts to improve educational achievement and opportunity for the students of Florence 2. The Class of 2016 earned over $1.4 million in college scholarships. Our end-of-course assessment pass rates exceeded state averages, and our Advanced Placement pass rates exceeded both state and national averages.
This year, we have continued to expand personalized learning opportunities by increasing dual-credit offerings on- and off-campus, which enable students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. We have also focused on revamping our career and technology curriculum and equipment, expanding course offerings to include health sciences and mechatronics, and offering after-school and summer sessions for extra help, initial credit, and attendance and credit recovery.
Looking to the future, we plan to expand our school choice programs to include Montessori for early grades, introduce a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) curriculum, infuse fine arts, provide more activity-, project- and problem-based learning experiences, and expand Franklin Covey’s The Leader in Me process.
Our district’s successes reflect an unwavering commitment to provide all students with the knowledge and skills to become productive members of our society and our world. The vision we work toward each day is for every student entrusted to us to leave our schools as a fully competitive, well-rounded individual ready for college or career and fully prepared for the challenges of the 21st century.