Aware that todays students are tomorrows leaders, Spartanburg Countys schools, colleges, and universities provide the best learning environment for scholars of all ages. Organized into seven districts, Spartanburg Countys 64 fully accredited public schools nurture over 38,000 promising young minds. On the cutting edge of technology, these schools boast not only early computer training and programs that challenge the academically and artistically gifted but also curricula that focus on building the skills of those with special learning needs. Spartanburg High School is the only public high school in the nation to have won the U.S. Department of Educations Blue Ribbon award for excellence three times.
Area high school classes are arranged into several different tracks, from college preparatory to vocational and job training. Advanced placement courses allow students to take college-level courses (and receive college credit) at the secondary level, while three vocational centers for technical development, through which all school districts are served, offer training for those students entering the job market directly from high school.
Students who wish to continue their educations beyond the secondary level find that Spartanburg County offers an impressive selection of opportunities.
Wofford College, with an enrollment of 1,100 men and women, was founded in 1854 and is related to the United Methodist Church. It was South Carolinas first independent college to receive a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Wofford continues to be recognized in national guidebooks as a leader in liberal arts higher education. The campus is known across the United States as the summer training camp home of the NFLs Carolina Panthers.
Converse College, a private, four-year womens college, boasts a professional school of music, the South Carolina Institute of Leadership for Women (SCIL), and more than 30 bachelors degrees. In addition, Converse offers advanced degrees for those students who wish to pursue careers in education or music.
Spartanburg Technical College offers associate degrees, diplomas, and advanced certifications in more than 50 technical disciplines, as well as a growing University Transfer Program. Demonstrating its focus on economic development, the college provides a broad array of continuing education courses and specialized training for businesses and industries.
The University of South Carolina-Spartanburg, established in 1967, is a comprehensive metropolitan university with more than 3,300 undergraduate students in more than 30 fields of study. USCS offers masters degrees in selected areas, and courses are offered at Greenvilles University Center. The University is a member of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, an organization that includes such institutions as the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the University of Illinois-Chicago, the University of North Florida, and 40 other urban/metropolitan universities.
Spartanburg Methodist College, also affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is one of the largest independent two-year colleges in the United States. Students from more than 20 states and 14 nations work toward associate degrees and take advantage of the schools transfer program. SMC also offers an "Evening College" designed for working adults who wish to continue their studies.
Sherman College of Straight Chiropractic is a private, non-profit graduate professional institution that offers the doctor of chiropractic program and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education. The Sherman College faculty includes respected doctors of chiropractic and basic scientists from throughout the United States and the world. The college, whose students represent 32 states and 11 foreign countries, is located on 80 acres off U.S. Highway 176 in northern Spartanburg County.
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