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The Edgefield County School District embraces a master plan known as going from “Good to Great” in all educational opportunities for the students within the system. Through innovative programs and initiatives, the district strives to offer a rigorous curriculum at all grade levels to prepare students for their chosen careers. Along with the academic offerings, outstanding extra curricular activities are available to produce a well-rounded student.

The district serves approximately 4,000 students in four elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, and one career center. The four elementary schools and their locations are Douglas Elementary in Trenton, Johnston Elementary in Johnston, Merriwether Elementary in the Merriwether Community, and W. E. Parker in Edgefield. Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School, known as JET, is located between the towns of Johnston, Edgefield, and Trenton, and Merriwether Middle is located in the Merriwether Community. Strom Thurmond High School and Strom Thurmond Career Center are located between Johnston, Edgefield, and Trenton. Fox Creek High School, a Charter School, is located in the Merriwether Community. The district’s Life Long Learning Center and Adult Education Program are both located in Johnston.


The district and all schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the South Carolina State Department of Education.

Education opportunities for elementary students are designed for the mastering of traditional basics–language arts/reading, mathematics, social studies, and science. Along with the core courses of study students explore art, music, computer, and physical education. Each elementary school strives to offer initiatives “above and beyond” the outstanding curriculum offered with events that focus on science, reading, math, and the arts.

Middle school offerings provide a strong academic program and allow students to choose extracurricular courses from subjects including, keyboarding, music appreciation, career planning, art, chorus, exploratory writing, band, and drama. In addition, qualified eighth grade students may enroll in high school English and Algebra I. Also available to eighth grade students is a keyboarding course for high school credit. Activities such as Character Education, Young Author’s Night, Family Math and Science Nights, African American Festival, Math Counts, and sports activities round out many areas for students to enjoy.


Strom Thurmond High School offers a slate of 150 courses. Advanced Placement Courses offered for college credit include Language and Composition, English 101, Calculus, Biology, U.S. History 101/102, and Art. Dual Credit courses in Political Science, Western Civilization, Probability & Statistics, Teacher Cadet, Advanced Composition, and English 102 are offered. The student will receive both high school and university credits if they choose to register for dual enrollment with Piedmont Technical College. With the academic offerings at the high school, students have the opportunity to participate in a fine arts program, athletic program, academic teams and twenty extra-curricula offerings.

Strom Thurmond Career Center offers 52 vocational courses with national award-winning programs in the Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, and Health Occupations Students of America. Vocational education courses focus on expanding students’ range of knowledge and preparing them to enter the workforce. Outstanding programs range from welding, business skills, carpentry, health services, masonry, automotive, marketing, and engineering.

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Fox Creek High School offers 63 courses, Honor Courses, a Fine Arts Program, and Sports Program. School clubs such as Spanish, Science, History, Yearbook, Interact, Key, and Honor Society give the students extra curricular activities to explore.

The entire district enjoys a Foster Grandparents Program, solid community support from various partnerships and community leaders, and volunteers who are all part of the learning environment.

The district is truly a team approach from all educators, parents, students, citizens, community, and business leaders who strive to enhance the educational opportunities in the Edgefield County School District to reach the goal from “Good to Great!”

Wardlaw Academy

Wardlaw Academy’s motto is “Excellence in Education.” The school’s mission is to prepare students for a lifetime of challenge. This is done by offering a rigorous college prep curriculum, while encouraging students to participate in a variety of athletic and extra curricular activities.


Wardlaw Academy earns its accreditation by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA), and the diploma requirements for graduation at Wardlaw exceed those set by SCISA. Graduating classes continue to receive admission into higher institutions of learning, and qualify for academic and athletic scholarships.

Located midway between Johnston, Edgefield, and Trenton, the school was founded in 1970. It draws students not only from Edgefield County but also from surrounding counties. It offers a full school program, from four-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Academy’s board of directors sets the school’s policies. One of those is small class size, which is a standard now being recognized as one of the most important in providing a quality education. Its teachers are degreed and qualified in their teaching fields and are genuinely concerned with the success of each child. Along with small class size is the availability of after-school help sessions for students needing some one-on-one assistance, a modern computer lab, computers in the classrooms with filtered Internet access in the Media Center. Less tangible but just as important is Wardlaw’s emphasis on values and character.

Also of note, the Academy has won more than its share of athletic championships–basketball, softball, baseball, golf, and volleyball!

The Academy welcomes visitors to its campus. For enrollment information contact the school at (803) 275-4794. Visit the school’s website at

Piedmont Technical College

Piedmont Tech

Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood County was established in 1966 to serve Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda, and surrounding counties. Piedmont Tech is a public, comprehensive, two-year post-secondary institution that contributes to the economic growth and development of the largest and most diverse region of the technical college system.

PTC also operates county centers in six of the seven counties, bringing educational opportunities closer to residents in those supporting counties. The Edgefield County Center, 506 Main Street, Edgefield, offers the same top-quality instruction and services offered at the Greenwood campus, as well as a variety if credit and non-credit courses.

Courses are offered on convenient day and evening schedules. Most services are provided at the centers, including financial aid, placement testing, career counseling, and registration. Students can also pay fees and buy books at the centers.


Piedmont Tech responds to the academic, training, and public service needs of the community through excellence in teaching and educational services. Piedmont has an open admissions policy and annually enrolls approximately 4,000 to 4,500 credit students. Individuals with diverse backgrounds and ability levels have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills for employment or maintenance of employment in engineering technology, industrial technology, business, health, or public service or for transfer to senior colleges and universities.

In addition to teaching technical skills, Piedmont provides graduates competencies in written and oral communication, information processing, mathematics, and problem solving; interpersonal skills; and lifelong learning opportunities for residents within the service region.

PTC pursues its mission based on these fundamental values and beliefs: Learning is a diverse and fundamental need for all residents of the seven-county area. Excellence is a process inherent to the college within instruction, support services, administration and resource allocation. Accessibility and affordability to higher education by all who have a desire to learn is crucial for continuous growth and improvement of instruction, learning opportunities, support services, and management practices. Community partnership with other educational entities, industries, and business are crucial for quality of life and economic development.

University of South Carolina – Aiken

USCA is a public university and functions as part of the University of South Carolina system. Founded in 1961 when the local community expressed the need for a higher education institution in the area, USCA began with 139 students.


Today, the university is comprised of more than 3,200 students and 400 facility and staff. USCA awards baccalaureate degrees in 35 major areas of study and master’s degrees in three areas. The institution offers a varied program of non-credit continuing education courses for the surrounding community as well as senior programs and summer camps.

In 2008, USCA celebrated 10 consecutive years ranked among the top three public baccalaureate colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s Guide, “America’s Best Colleges.” USC Aiken holds four #1 rankings in this category: 2002, 2003, 2006, and 2007.

Faculty and staff pride themselves on upholding USC Aiken’s promise of being “focused on you!” Through small classes, one-on-one advising, and personal attention, students are treated as individuals. Faculty, staff, and students hold one another responsible for demonstrating the University’s core values: quality learning, collegiality, citizenship, and character.

Several community outreach programs are housed at USC Aiken, including the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center and DuPont Planetarium, the Small Business Development Center, and the Economic Development Partnership.

The USCA Convocation Center is the largest gathering place in Aiken County, accommodating concerts, family shows, community meetings, and conferences. It is also the home of the USCA Pacers, who compete in NCAA Division II athletics.

For more information, contact us at or (803) 648-6851.

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