Dear Edgefield County Residents,

Edgefield County School Dis­trict’s faculty and staff are excited to begin the 2016-2017 academic year. Decades of research verify what we know intuitively, outstanding school systems result from the combined efforts of educators, students, fami­lies, and community members work­ing together. We are fortunate in Edgefield County that all stakeholder groups are committed to ensuring the success of our students.

Currently, educational systems around the globe are redefining the knowledge and skills students need in order to prepare for postsecondary training, careers, and citizenship in the 21st Century. This transformation has been initiated by a number of factors including globalization, rapid technological change, migrations, international competition, and changing markets. Advances in computers and machines are enabling many businesses to replace jobs that once required routine knowledge with positions requiring the productive use of knowl­edge to solve complex problems. To prepare students for these emerging trends, educators in Edgefield County are making the incremental adjustments needed to ensure students develop the world class skills and life and career characteristics of the profile of the South Carolina graduate.

Our system provides students access to rigorous aca­demics that lead to multiple post-secondary pathways including certification programs, diploma programs, associate degrees, or bachelor degrees. The success of our students is evident by out­come measures such as the number of college credits earned, professional certificates earned leading to careers after high school and system-wide achievement test scores above the state average. Additionally, a majority of students participate in clubs, organizations, and competitive teams which lead to better edu­cational outcomes, including higher grades, higher achievement test scores, higher educational expectations beyond high school and improved interpersonal relation skills. Edgefield County is already recognized state-wide for its tradition of excellence.

Representatives from all schools were involved in the development, review, revision, and communication of a system – wide purpose and direction for student success. This purpose and direction guides the professional learning work of all staff members focused on desired student outcomes, evidence of learning, and experiences to foster learning. Teacher teams ex­amine their own practices and strive, through trial and error, to create learning environments that engage, empower, and enrich all students.

Again, we are excited to have the opportunity to pre­pare the youth of Edgefield County for their futures and equip them to have a positive impact in their local communities and the world at large.

Sincerely,

Robert Maddox, Ed.D, Superintendent

 

 

Contact Information

Dr. Robert E. Maddox, Superintendent
P. O. Box 608
Edgefield, SC 29824

803-275-4601
rmaddox@edgefield.k12.sc.us